Comair, the British Airways franchise operator in South Africa – in which BA has a circa 10% shareholding – has filed for ‘business rescue’.
This is not necessarily the end of line. ‘Business rescue’ is similar to Chapter 11 in the United States, and allows a company to be protected from its creditors whilst it attempts to re-arrange its affairs. The company is looking at options for raising additional capital, whether via a rights issue or convertible debt, whilst also looking to cut jobs.
If you’ve never flown Comair, it is a fascinating experience. You are on a BA-branded aircraft (see the photo below) with crew in British Airways uniform, operating to BA service standards, flying from Johannesburg to Cape Town or similar!
You can find more information on Reuters here.
Aer Lingus extends its ‘no change fees’ option
Aer Lingus has pushed out the deadline for taking advantage of its ‘no change fees’ offer.
If you book now, for travel up to 30th September, you can change your flight to a new date without paying change fees.
You need to note three key ‘gotchas’, however:
whilst there are no change fees, you WILL have to pay any fare difference
it is not clear if your revised travel date has to also be before 30th September, or if there is a specific future cut-off date, or if you can rebook up to the full 355 days in advance
for travel beyond 30th June, there is no alternative of taking an Aer Lingus voucher – your ONLY option, if your flight is not cancelled, is a date change
You can see details on the Aer Lingus website here.
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