Reintroduction of flights is the first step for Comair


Johannesburg – Comair said on Monday that the reintroduction of flights on the domestic network was the first phase of its ramp up to full operations over the next few months.

Rescue consortium representative Glenn Orsmond said Comair would initially operate 15 aircrafts across both airline brands, and gradually increase the number of aircraft as the remainder of the fleet returned to service over the next few months.

Comair has started plans to operate a few domestic flights six months after it was placed in business rescue, but its shares will not resume trading on the JSE.

The operator of British Airways (BA) in South Africa said it was taking new bookings for low-cost carrier ahead of its planned take-off on December.

Orsmond said that customers who booked tickets before the group was placed in business rescue would be able to use the value of their tickets through the Comair Travel Bank for future travel mid-January.

“This is an important moment for Comair, for all the employees who have been so patient and supportive through the business rescue process, for our customers, the flying public and the country,” Orsmond said.

“A strong, competitive airline sector benefits everyone, and we’re looking forward to welcoming our first customers on board and gradually restoring our schedule and network.”

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