SA Ex­press to re­sume flights on Thurs­day

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Gugu Myeni

SA Ex­press will re­sume op­er­a­tions on Thurs­day fol­low­ing the re­in­state­ment of its Air Op­er­a­tor’s Cer­tifi­cate and Air­craft Main­te­nance Or­gan­i­sa­tion li­cences by the South African Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (SACAA).

The air­line was grounded by SACAA in May owing to safety con­cerns.

They have al­ready re­ceived cer­tifi­cates of air­wor­thi­ness for most of its 11 air­craft, with the re­main­ing fleet ex­pected to be given the green light soon.

‘We are de­lighted that we have now sat­is­fied the con­cerns the reg­u­la­tor had lead­ing to our tem­po­rary ground­ing at the end of May this year.

‘This has paved the way for us to pru­dently and in­cre­men­tally rein­tro­duce our flights as from 23 Au­gust,’ said SA Ex­press in­terim CEO, Siza Mz­imela.

He said the tem­po­rary ground­ing was an op­por­tune time for the air­line to ‘in­ter­ro­gate all as­pects of its op­er­a­tions’.

‘It’s all sys­tems go now and we are com­ing back stronger, more fo­cused and en­er­gised.

‘We are de­ter­mined to set new industry stan­dards for safety, prod­uct qual­ity and cus­tomer ser­vice.’

SACAA Di­rec­tor of Civil Avi­a­tion, Poppy Khoza, said the key mes­sage to all oper­a­tors and avi­a­tion per­son­nel is that fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity must al­ways be care­fully bal­anced with the need to up­hold, at all times, ac­cept­able lev­els of avi­a­tion safety and se­cu­rity.

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