Last night, Comair announced that it had suspended all British Airways (operated by Comair) and Kulula.com flights with immediate effect.
Comair said the suspension was forced and that it was pending the successful securing of additional funding.
“The company’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have advised that the process to raise the necessary capital is in progress and that there is reason to believe such funding may be secured,” Comair said.
“Once received, the airline will be able to recommence operations, but regrettably, under these circumstances, the practitioners have no choice but to voluntarily suspend all scheduled flights until the funding is confirmed.”
British Airways and Kulula.com ticket sales have also been suspended with immediate effect.
“We deeply regret the inconvenience this suspension will cause our customers. We did everything we could to avoid it,” Comair CEO Glenn Orsmond said.
“Comair, the BRPs and the lenders are working all out to get the funding in place so that we can resume our normal flight schedule as soon as possible.”
Orsmond said Comair is inherently a viable business with two of the best airline brands in the country.
“We are on track to carry over 4 million passengers this year and generate R5.3 billion in revenue,” he said.
“We have excellent staff, a modern fleet, good sales and distribution channels and low operating costs, which is why we believe the funding will be secured.”
For customers on British Airways flights, its booking with confidence policy will apply.
Kulula.com customers on suspended flights have the option of a Travel Bank credit or can request a full refund of their ticket value.
The Travel Bank credit can be used by the passenger or someone else.
It is not the first time British Airways and Kulula.com flights have suddenly been suspended.
In March, the South Africa’s Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) suspended Comair’s Air Operator Certificate privileges indefinitely.
According to the SACAA, Comair’s operations experienced issues ranging from engine failures, engine malfunction, and landing gear malfunctions.
It described these as “level 1” and “level 2” findings, with level 1 being the most urgent.
Comair resumed flight a few days later after the South African Civil Aviation Authority reinstated its Air Operator’s Certificate.