Eastern Cape Transport Department has assured airline passengers between Mthatha and Johannesburg that technical problems that were experienced in the past two days have been resolved.

This follows the cancellation of some flights on Tuesday and Wednesday morning due to a dysfunctional fire engine truck at the airport.

The department has now borrowed a fire engine from East London while they wait for the delivery of a new one around December 2017.

Department Spokesperson Khuselwa Rantjie says they will make sure that such inconvenience does not happen again in future.

“Since 3 o’clock Wednesday, we were able to receive aircrafts and as well as those that are outbound were able to leave the airport. The department apologises to commuters that were delayed due to the challenges that we were experiencing as a department, which were related to a fire engine that had technical problems. At this stage, we’ve sought an on-loan fire engine that is operational at the airport and we are working on ensuring that we do not run into challenges of this nature again in the future.”