SACAA to keep a close eye on SA Express

SA Express’ operating certificate was temporarily suspended at the weekend.

FILE. An SA Express plane. Picture: commons.wikimedia.org

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) says it will keep a close eye on the South African Express airline after its operating certificate was temporarily suspended at the weekend.

The regulator was unhappy with certain safety protocols.

The SACAA grounded all planes on Saturday morning and lifted the suspension late on Sunday night after extensive meetings.

The suspension was lifted yesterday.

Simon Segwabe, SACAA's Executive Manager for Aviation Safety Operations, says the suspension was based on more than just incomplete paperwork.

"What they provided for us was adequate to lift the suspension. However, we need to increase our oversight on them."

But SA Express CEO Inati Ntshanga says the airline takes safety seriously and is improving services to ensure flights are not grounded again.

"We are going to improve on the paperwork going forward and we're fixing manuals to ensure that everything is aligned in the business."

The airline has lost revenue as a result of its planes being grounded over the Workers' Day long weekend, but it says it respects the regulator's move and doesn't view it as malicious.