SKA to cost South African airlines

The South African component of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope programme had become a major "headache" for the South African aviation sector, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Executive Manager Jeoffrey Matshoba pointed out in his presentation to the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa Commercial Aviation Symposium on Tuesday. "We did not realise the impact it would have on aviation," he said. The Cape Town-Johannesburg air route is the 12th busiest air route in the world, he highlighted. And all the domestic Gauteng-Cape Town air routes overfly the SKA reservation in Karoo region in the Northern Cape province.