SA Express was grounded on Thursday (24 May) by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) due to severe cases of non-compliance that were uncovered by the body.
This ruling followed the announcement of a new board and an audit at the airline and its maintenance organization.
Nine of SA Express’s 21 airplanes are not airworthy, said the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) on Thursday. “The airline could not ensure that operational requirements and, most importantly, safety obligations, are met at all times”.
“As the custodian of aviation safety and security in the country, the SACAA cannot turn a blind eye to any operation where there is overwhelming evidence that safety measures are compromised, because that automatically poses serious danger for the crew, passengers, and the public at large,” said Poppy Khoza, SACAA director of Civil Aviation.
SA Express said that it would accommodate passengers on other airlines and refund tickets in line with its compensation rules. SAA has also announced their extended schedule from 29 May 2018 until May 2019 to sustain SA Express.
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