Botswana, SA air service talks collapse
Tourism operators say the breakdown in talks over a Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between Botswana and South Africa will result in the country losing its tourism competitive advantage to other regions such as East Africa.
Following the collapse of negotiations between the two countries last July, South Africa forced Botswana to cease its Johannesburg-Maun direct flight from the beginning of October in retaliation for Botswana’s continued monopolisation of the route.
South African airlines have been trying to break into the lucrative route, but the Botswana Government has refused to open the coveted corridor in order to protect Air Botswana, the national carrier.
Other than Air Botswana, no other airline is currently permitted to have a scheduled flight from Johannesburg – which is the air access point of [continue reading]