CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa suspended the Air Operator’s Certificate for Comair as a precaution for 24 hours, grounding its fleet and affecting passengers using low-cost carrier Kulula as well as British Airways flights, the Ministry of Transport announced on Saturday. .
Comair has been operating local and regional routes from South Africa since 1996 under British Airways livery under a license agreement.
“The regulator made this decision independently, in line with its aviation safety oversight mandate,” Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said in a statement.
The regulator, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), said in the past month that Comair had encountered safety issues ranging from “engine failures, engine malfunctions and landing gear malfunctions , among others”.
“This is a preventive suspension for a period of 24
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hours, in which the operator must demonstrate to the regulator that the risk and safety management systems are effective in managing potential hazards,” SACAA said in a statement posted on its website.
“The operator has until tomorrow morning, Sunday March 13, 2022 to meet the regulator’s requirements, failing which the approval will be suspended indefinitely, pending the satisfactory conclusion of the conclusions”, specified the SACAA.
On the Kulula.com website, the airline said its management team was engaging with the regulator in an effort to resolve the issue.
The airline has advised all passengers booked for Saturday not to travel to the airport unless they have made a reservation on another carrier.
(Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Ros Russell)
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