Poor airports infrastructure making it hard for SA Airlink to operate
The airline says its aircraft have difficulty landing and taking off at the Mthatha and Polokwane airports.
JOHANNESBURG - SA Airlinksayspoor infrastructure at some airports in the country ismaking it extremely difficult for it to operate safely.
The airline saysits aircraft haveexperienced difficulty landing and taking off atthe Mthatha Airport and Polokwane International Airport for years, due to the lack of maintenance.
SA Airlink says it is frustrated with the Eastern Cape Transport Departments silence.
The airline says it has had to constantly divert flightsdue to poorlighting on the runway at Mthatha Airport.
The airlines Rodger Foster said, Each time we have a plane diverting, it costs the company hundreds of thousands of rands; it happens frequently at both of destinations and it is a source of immense frustration.
The Eastern Cape Transport Department's Ncedo Kumbacasays it is aware of the lighting problems,but believes planes can still land and take-off.
Hesays this has only been an issuesfor a few months.
It is about the lights that were put there that were not conducive for the airport itself. As such, we are installing new lights. They started two weeks ago.
SA Airlink says its concerned about more lighting problems as winter approaches.