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Skywise grounded amid 'money troubles'

Over the weekend several of the low-cost airline's flights were grounded due to unpaid bills.

FILE: The low-cost airline took to the skies in February 2015. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) has confirmed Skywise Airline owed it money.

Over the weekend, several of the low-cost airline's flights were grounded due to unpaid bills.

Dear travellers, flights S8 101 & S8 102 have been cancelled. We're working on alternative flights to accommodate everyone as best we can.

The services', Percy Morokane said, "The company has been listed, they are back in operation and negotiations are ongoing for the payment of outstanding traffic services fees."

We will keep you updated as soon as there are any developments. Please accept our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience.

In the meantime, the airline has called an urgent media briefing after reports surfaced about their alleged financial problems.

Morokane has told Eyewitness News it has since lifted the grounding.

"All airlines operating in our airspace are aware of our terms and conditions regarding our service offerings especially those relating to air traffic services."

Morokane would not reveal details of the money owed by Skywise.

In the statement issued by the airline, it says the past weekend's disruptions have created a lot of uncertainty and speculation.

The low-cost airline, that took to the skies in February, states it wants to explain the circumstances to the public.

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