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Skywise operations 'back to normal' after grounding

Several flights were grounded yesterday and at the weekend following a failure to pay its service providers.

FILE: The airline says it believes the grounding was the result of dirty play within the South African aviation industry. Picture: freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - Skywise Airline has confirmed that it has settled its accounts with Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and the Air Traffic and Navigation Service in full, following the grounding of some of its flights.

Several of the low-cost airline's flights were grounded yesterday, and at the weekend, following a failure to pay its service providers.

The airline says it believes the grounding was the result of dirty play within the South African aviation industry.

Skywise says its business, which has been going strong for eight months, is being severely affected by the grounding of a few flights.

But brand ambassador Ndileka Mandela says these are just teething issues.

"We are sorry for the inconvenience that was caused and we hope that this will not happen again. As it is a new airline, these are still teething problems and we are sorting them out."

Passengers who were affected by the delays and cancelled flights can still clam a refund.

But the airline says operations are now completely back to normal.

Earlier today, the airline called an urgent media briefing after reports surfaced about their alleged financial problems.

The low-cost airline took to the skies in February.

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