KZN premier wants to save SAA Durban route

DURBAN - KZN premier Sihle Zikalala wants SAA to reconsider its decision to cancel routes to Durban.

He said on Wednesday he will be meeting with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to discuss the issue.

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Zikalala believes the Durban route is viable for SAA.

The airline cancelled all local flights except between Cape Town and Johannesburg in a bid to save costs.

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"We are firm on what we [are] saying. We don't believe the route... is costly. KZN is a feeder to the national airline," said Zikalala.

"About 2.5 million people fly from Johannesburg to Durban. This is not an issue we can leave, we'll be pursuing it with the minister."