Comair Grounds All Flights After Running Out of Funds

South African airline Comair has grounded all of its aircraft just after jogging out of cash. The carrier is awaiting further more expense in purchase to resume working.

The operator created the announcement this Wednesday.

Comair long gone (briefly) bust

Comair also operates all British Airways flights in South Africa and operates the domestic low-price carrier kulula.com. 

All ticket revenue for both of those Comair and kulula.com flights have been suspended with instant outcome from Tuesday night, thereby grounding the carrier’s fleet. But Comair continues to be optimistic, as the company’s directors have stated that they “believe the funding may perhaps be secured.” 

The statement ongoing this good tone, incorporating that after funding is obtained the provider will be equipped to recommence functions. But for now, “the practitioners have no alternative but to voluntarily suspend all scheduled flights right up until the funding is confirmed.” 

The suspension will affect South Africa’s aviation business by lessening airline capacity by 40%. 

In May well 2020, in the midst of the pandemic-induced constraints, Comair filed for voluntary enterprise rescue – which is comparable to individual bankruptcy protection – in an endeavor to restructure the business and get well ahead of the scenario grew to become irretrievable. 

The transfer was somewhat profitable as by February of this year, the airline experienced resumed most of its common flight plan. 

A blow to the South African carrier’s restoration arrived when the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) grounded all Comair and kulula.com plane. The SACAA regarded the grounding to be a precautionary suspension to get to the bottom of basic safety issues bordering Comair aircraft. The SACAA mentioned that the airline ought to show that its “risk and protection management programs are helpful in handling probable hazards.” 

kulula.com aircraft
kulula.com operates domestic routes in just South Africa. | © REUTERS/Mike Mutchings

A week later, the grounding was lifted following SACAA didn’t come across anything at all of concern. 

Comair is comprised of a fleet of 20 plane, primarily consisting of 737-800s. kulula.com owns a complete of 10 aircraft, 9 of which are Boeing 737-800s as well. 

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