SA Express was forced to suspend operations on May 24, 2018 after its AOC was suspended. At that time the company issued this statement:
Following the South African Civil Aviation Authority’s (SACAA) decision to temporarily suspend SA Express’ Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC), as well as its certification as an Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO), the airline has since made contingency plans to accommodate passengers affected by this grounding.
SA Express has been in contact with its strategic partners including SAA, to ensure that all our passengers have been accommodated, either on alternative carriers or in hotels where we are not able to get them on to flights last night.
“We regret the inconvenience this frustrating situation has caused our passengers. We assure you that we are doing everything in our power to resolve the situation urgently,” says Matsietsi Mokholo, Acting CEO of SA Express.
Passengers scheduled to depart, between 06h00 and 09h00, are advised to proceed to SA Express counters for information pertaining to the contingency plans made for these flights, or alternatively call 0800 214 774 and +27 11 978 6699.
The updated re-accommodation schedule will be made available after 11h00, and SAA, Mango and Airlink will have designated counters to assist SA Express passengers.
All cargo has subsequently been cleared at all stations, including Kimberly, Bloemfontein and Richards Bay, which has been redirected to Durban. Any queries pertaining to cargo, should be taken up with the relevant airports directly. Until this situation has been resolved, SA Express will unfortunately not accept any requests to transport cargo.
The Facts – What you need to know
- Passengers on SA coded tickets and SA code share will be accommodated with international and regional connecting passengers on first priority.
- Should delays arise all passengers will, in accordance to international standards, be accommodated for up to 48hrs while we make every effort to get you on the next flight.
- We will, in accordance with our compensation policy, compensate all passengers for meals and refreshments (excl. alcohol), accommodation and transport costs applicable.
As an update, the airline is now hoping to resume operations on June 23, 2018 according to its acting CEO. The airline is also experiencing staff shortages which may also hamper its return. For now, all aircraft are grounded.
Copyright Photo (all others by SA Express): SA Express (South African Express Airways) Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) ZS-NBF (msn 10028) JNB (Paul Denton). Image: 923007.
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