The operation domestic airlines British Airways and the kulala.com has out to suspend their services from Wednesday until further notice, the Comair is said to be out of funds and awaits business rescue from practitioners, as they raise capital.
Those who have purchased tickets will be refunded as the suspension starts from the 1 June 2022.
Comair setback was influenced by the setback of the suspension, of its operation licenses by the SA Civil Aviation Authority Due to safety concerns
Earlie this year the Comair operates Kulula and British airways in South Africa licences suspended, the South Africa Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) suspended Comair Air Operation certificate privileges immediately, as their regulator still needed to review evidence that it was safe for airlines flights.
“The SACAA recognises the efforts of the operator to close the findings as speedily as possible and in this regard the operator started dispatching the evidence to the regulator from the evening of Saturday 12 March 2022,” it stated.”
The suspension caused chaos as flights on other airlines were fully booked and if there were available seats, passengers had to fork out far more money than usual due to the demand.
The suspension came after a British Airways flight experienced technical problems with its landing gear.
The flight, which was travelling from Gqeberha to Cape Town, had trouble landing at an airport, resulting in a 15-minute delay.
In another incident in April, Comair confirmed that a British Airways plane heading from Johannesburg to Mauritius was forced to turn back mid-flight, after a ‘technical problem’.
The Comair Boeing 737-800 flight which had 152 passengers and 6 crew members on board departed Johannesburg when the issue forced the pilots to ground the plane about 85 minutes after departure.
CEO Glenn Orsmond said that ticket sales had also been suspended with immediate effect.
“Considering our liquidity position, we’ve been obliged to take this step, and we sincerely regret and apologise to our loyal passengers for the giant inconvenience. Affected passengers can apply for refunds, and we will keep everyone updated as soon as there are further developments,” Orsmond said.