BA, Kulula.com flights to start operating again on Thursday – SACAA

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British Airways (operated by Comair) and Kulula.com flights will start operating again on Thursday.

This comes after the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) reinstated Comair’s Air Operators’ Certificate.

According to a media statement released on Wednesday evening, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) said it had concluded the assessment and evaluation of Comair’s evidence to close the Level 1 findings raised during the audit which started on 07 March 2022.

The evaluation of the evidence was concluded on the evening of 16 March 2022. The impact of this outcome paves the way for the Director of Civil Aviation to uplift the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of Comair with immediate effect.

The SACAA audited Comair following a spate of occurrences which posed safety risks by Kulula.com and BA Comair airlines.

The statement added: “The Regulator sought to confirm Comair’s compliance with applicable Civil Aviation Regulations (CARs). The inspection was also aimed at reviewing Comair’s safety management systems (SMS) and quality control management system (QA) to establish compliance related to the reporting, analysis and follow-up on occurrences, and corrective action plans to prevent recurrence. This brings to an end a five-day long suspension of the AOC which was imposed by the Regulator from 12 March 2022.”

The Director of Civil Aviation heralds the commitment shown by the Regulator’s inspectorate team from the first day of the audit leading up to the sleepless nights spent evaluating evidence all in the interest of ensuring aviation safety.