Comair has announced the abrupt suspension of all its flights, both kulula and British Airways operated by Comair. The suspension took effect yesterday evening (Tuesday, May 31). Sales of tickets on both carriers have also been suspended.

The airline says the suspension is in force while it secures additional funding.

In a media release issued at 22h00 last night, Comair said: “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. 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.”

Comair CEO, Glenn Orsmond said in the release: “Comair is inherently a viable business. We have the 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. 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.”

Comair was hit by a five-day grounding by the South African CAA mid-March this year on account of what the CAA termed a “series of incidents”.

For customers on British Airways (operated by Comair) flights, British Airways’ booking with confidence policy will apply.

Customers on suspended flights have the option of a Travel Bank credit (the credit can be used by the passenger or someone else) or they can request a full refund of their ticket value.

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