Comair/Kulula Ceases Firearm Carriage within Southern Africa Effective March 31, 2013
Just received this via PHASA this morning so thought I would forward. The routes affected are Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Harare, Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Windhoek & Mauritius. If you are booked on Comair then they are offering full refunds for these tickets via the original office it was issued - i.e., direct with BA, travel agent, etc.
Firearms: Kulula & BA Southern Africa
Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2013 08:10
Please be advised that with effect from 1 March 2013, Comair will no longer be accepting firearms for carriage on any domestic or regional flight operated by both the British Airways and kulula brands. This includes all hunting rifles, or any weapon requiring special handling, that may not be carried as either hand luggage or checked baggage.
Passengers who hold bookings on any BA/Comair or kulula flight after this date will need to make alternative flight bookings. Please note, this information only applies to southern African flights and does not apply to British Airways international flights between London and South Africa.
We were informed by BA/Comair that all efforts from BA/Comair痴 side to reduce the cost in the short/medium term were unsuccessful. BA/Comair has therefore made a decision to terminate firearm handling on 31 March.
BA/Comair has discussed its decision with the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA).
PHASA is currently following it up with the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA), for their possible assistance in arranging discussions with other role-players.
We have followed up with BA/Comair regarding the 100% refunding of tickets which needs to be cancelled because of the firearm policy. This enquiry will be taken up with their Revenue management department about persons travelling after 31 March and let us know.