SAA and Comair reach settlement

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The legal dispute between South African Airways and Comair over commission payments has been settled.

The matter concerned commissions (override incentive agreements) paid to various travel agents between April 2000 and May 2001, and between June 2001 and March 2005, which were found to be prohibited and in contravention of the Competition Act, following which Comair sued SAA for damages.

The Supreme Court of Appeals ruled on the matter on 15 February, and the two parties were able to reach a settlement.

In a press statement, SAA stated that its current airline leadership at board and executive management level was committed to closing all legacy issues and starting on a clean slate.