Comair announces its return to the air after a short suspension of its operations

The good news was announced to its passengers on March 17 by the South African company Comair, which operates under a British Airways franchise from Johannesburg-OR Tambo airport: the return to a normal program is “progressing well” for British Airways flights operated by Comair and “The best way to help our customers is to start flying again.

Our operations, airport, contact centers and assistance teams work to help customers get to their destination. We are accelerating our program and should have our regional and national services restored by Friday, ahead of the long weekend,” Comair CEO Glenn Orsmond said in a statement.

Comair’s operating certificate had been suspended by regulator SACAA last Saturday, with the South African Civil Aviation Authority saying it would last “until it meets its regulatory obligations”. She mentioned “a worrying number of events” at the low cost Kulula (Johannesburg-Lanseria) but also on flights operated on behalf of British Airways. The Comair manager points out that during the five days of examination of the documentation, “no finding was made concerning flight operations or maintenance” by the SACAA.

Comair “has an enviable track record of 76 years. We operate some of the most modern aircraft in South African skies, apply global best practices to ensure operational safety, and our crew training is world class.” And even when she wasn’t flying due to the Covid-19 pandemic, she “had done her best to help customers,” says Glenn Orsmond.

In addition to Johannesburg, Comair’s network and that of Kulula cover the cities of Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, George and Cape Town, as well as Victoria Falls, Harare and Mauritius.

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