SOUTH AFRICAN REGIONAL CARRIER SA EXPRESS TO RESUME OPERATIONS NEXT WEEK

| August 17, 2018

JOHANNESBURG-- South Africa's State0owned regional carrier, SA Express (SAX), has confirmed that it will resume flights next Thursday after being grounded by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in May after its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) and Aircraft Maintenance Organization (AMO) licences were reinstated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).

SAX said in a statement here Thursday that it has also already received Certificates of Airworthiness for most of its 11 aircraft from the SACAA, with the rest of its fleet was expected to be given the green light soon.

We are delighted that we have now satisfied the concerns that 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 re-introduce our flights as from Aug 23, 2018, said the airline's interim Chief Executive Officer Siza Mzimela.

In May, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced the suspension of SA Express's air operator's certificate and the certificates of airworthiness (CoA) of nine of the 21 aircraft being operated by the airline.

The CAA reinstated its Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) certification on 22 June 2018. Subsequently in July, SA Express announced that it was readying itself for take-off.

The airline thanked all its customers and staff while it was addressing the authority's operational requirements.

Briefing Parliament on Wednesday, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said SA Express would return to the skies in the new week. The news was welcomed by the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises.

This is exciting news, specifically in light of the comment made by the Minister that certain individuals have given their expertise, either personally or through the industry, to assist in ensuring that SA Express is given its flying licence again, said Committee Chairperson Lungi Mnganga-Gcabashe.

Meanwhile, SA Express passengers will immediately be able to book flights at www.flyexpress.aero.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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