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In the end, Comair, an airline with a proud 76-year record, fell R125m short of being able to stay in business. Documents lodged in court this week for its liquidation — it has been in business rescue since May 2020 — tell a tale of an increasingly desperate scrap to raise cash to keep going.

The demise of a company which had carried four out of every 10 local passengers on either British Airways (which it operates under licence) or low-cost airline Kulula, will be keenly felt — not least by the 1,253 staff, 1,960 suppliers and 7,120 shareholders...

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