ACSA Tariff Reduction Welcomed

The ‘Airports Company South Africa’ (ACSA) made the announcement that permission has been received to lower the ‘Passenger Service Charge’ imposed by airports on departures for international and domestic flights. This news has been applauded by ‘FlySafair’ who stated that besides being a great testament to ‘ACSA’ management, its exceptional news for South African air travellers including the economy.

Taking effect on April 1, 2017 the new tariff for passenger service charges for domestic flights will have passengers paying R82 compared to R127, a saving of 35.5%, per passenger departure.

The question everyone’s asking is will there be additional reductions on airfares for 2017. In charge of FlySafair’s ‘Sales and Distribution’, Kirby Gordon stated, ‘overall pricing of tickets is a complex issue where we need to consider a number of factors. Fuel alone can account for 40% of direct costs, so our exposure to the rising price of oil and a weakening rand tends to have a stronger influence on fares. That said, the decrease in these tariffs is great and is a saving that we will most certainly seek to pass onto our customers.’

‘Domestic Flights South Africa’, a comparison website recently communicated that travellers in South Africa are appreciating cheaper airfares this year compared to last year. Managing Director of ‘Domestic Flights South Africa’, David Hart stated that South Africans are experiencing reduced fares in flight prices of up to 15% for both international and domestic flights.

Kirby Gordon declared, ‘there’s no doubt that the reduction in this tariff is excellent news for the industry and the consumer collectively and we applaud the management at ‘ACSA’ for achieving the efficiency required to reduce this tariff. It’s a great note to start the year on.’