SA Express to resume flights on Thursday
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.