South Africa’s competition commission has blocked Johannesburg-based regional carrier Airlink’s plans to acquire Cape Town-based Safair, parent of LCC FlySafair. In November, the two airlines announced they were seeking permission to merge under the Airlink umbrella, to create economies of scale, optimize asset use and remove systems duplication. The companies planned to retain their own branding, products, fleets and management, with no job losses expected. However, on Feb. ...

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