Comair and low-cost airline Kulula.com resumed flights Thursday morning. Flights operated by British Airways were suspended on Sunday after the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) suspended its air operator certificate.
Hundreds of commuters have found themselves stranded this week after their flights were cancelled. The airline says it is happy that the situation has been resolved.
Comair and Kulula.com timetables operated by British Airways have been reinstated. Customers were advised to check their schedules on the airline’s websites before heading to the airport.
Comair says she is now focused on getting her operations back to normal. SACAA suspended the airlines after investigations suggested there could be risks to operator safety.
“From our trial, the Director of Civil Aviation lifted the suspension last night. So that should clear the way for them to continue their activities today. It was a very rigorous process for our inspectors and the Comair team. We We are confident that the team is now in full agreement on what is required and we hope that they will move things forward in terms of managing their operations in the future,” said Phindiwe Gwebu, spokesperson for the SACAA.
Gwebu says the SACAA team has been working with the airline to ensure operations are quickly restored:
Numsa is pleased that the investigations have been completed
Meanwhile, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has welcomed SACAA’s decision to lift the Air Operator’s Certificate suspension with immediate effect.
The union is satisfied that the SACAA has completed its investigations.
“We thank the SACAA for dealing with this file quickly so that the airline and the workers can return to work. Going forward, the Comair board must heed the warning and take drastic measures to turn this airline around. That means implementing a philosophy of putting people before profits. The extreme cost-cutting measures, implemented by Glenn Orsmond, cost the airline its operating certificate. In the same time, the airline cannot continue to be subject to a perpetual commercial bailout – these issues are intertwined,” Numsa spokesman Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said.
Numsa says its members are also demanding the removal of the company’s CEO, Glenn Orsmond.
“That’s why we continue to demand the resignation of Glenn Osmond on the grounds that his management decisions nearly caused the airline to crash. This airline deserves a CEO with a vision to save Comair and turn it around for the long term. , while ensuring the safety of passengers and the public,” says Majola.
During the precautionary suspension, the airline did what it could to help customers, including chartering jumbo jets and hosting customers on other airlines.