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Why does a country need a national airline?


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  • If it is a profitable business
  • As a ‘loss leader’ to the national tourism industry – provided the tourism industry’s profits ‘compensates’ for the Untitled-361national airline’s losses!
  • If international airlines are not willing to service the demand for aviation in and out of country
  • If the economic and social cost of closing it down is much higher than the cost of continuing with a loss-making state enterprise
  • For national pride – provided the country can ‘afford’ it!

As we grapple with a profusely loss-making national airline, its time to ask why we need one? 


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