After a long battle with the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), CemAir will be taking to the skies again after receiving their renewed Aircraft Operating Certificates.
They will be announcing their first flights this week to be resumed on its domestic schedule, which will include their Margate and Plettenberg Bay routes for the upcoming holiday season, as well as possibly other destinations.
This comes after a lengthy case where SACAA cited safety concerns and systemic and procedural non-compliances over CemAir's fleet and grounded them over December 2018 and January 2019. The airline took them to court and in April the grounding notices were set aside but a renewed audit was set to take place.
During this time CemAir's operating certificates expired its annual renewal date, and on 17 October 2019 the airline received its renewal which was finalised on Friday last week.
"We respect the authority and decisions of the Civil Aviation Appeal Committee, an independent panel constituted by the Department of Transport to adjudicate the actions of the SACAA," says CemAir in a statement.
note the contents of the SACAA’s press releases and highlight with concern the
inconsistencies between these statements and the 29 April 2019 judgement.
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"We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience caused throughout this ordeal. We realise that many thousands of travellers were stranded and hundreds of jobs lost directly and indirectly as a result of the SACAA’s illegal actions. We continue to process refunds and can now (at a customer’s election) offer a credit towards future travel."
According to SACAA, the certificates issued allows the airline to operate a fleet of six aircraft comprising of five Dash 8 that will operate under Part 121, as well as one Bombardier CL600-2D24, commonly referred to as CRJ900.
For Part 135 operations, the airline will utilise one Beechcraft 1900D aircraft, and at this point only one aircraft has been approved for operation. Out of a fleet of 21 aircraft, CemAir is authorised to operate only seven aircraft at this stage.
"The rest will return to service as and when CemAir presents them to the SACAA for inspection and evaluation and they are found to be compliant," says SACAA in their statement.
"The SACAA will continue to monitor to ensure that CemAir’s operations are compliant to the obligations required for holders of such approvals as prescribed in the civil aviation regulations."
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