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South Africa wants to free-up air space.

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South African President Thabo Mbeki indicated in his recent state-of-the-nation speech that he intends to work towards increasing the number of flights that operate to and from South Africa 'to assist with the promotion of tourism.'

Observers have said this could mean that the country's air space is freed up, which could result in greater foreign competition to South African Airways on international routes.

Tourism deputy director-general Patrick Matlou said Mbeki's announcement would initially affect routes between South Africa and the UK, South Africa and Spain and between Singapore and Latin America with a stopover in South Africa to pick up passengers as well as charter flights to South Africa from scheduled locations, according to Business Day.

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