SAA and partners filling the flight gap created by the grounding of SA Express

South African Airways (SAA) announced on Wednesday an extended flight schedule to replace the capacity lost with the grounding of the SA Express airline by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). (This grounding was because of “severe cases of non-compliance that pose serious safety risks” found by the CAA in an audit of the airline, stated the authority in its press release of May 24.) The extended flight schedule will be in effect for 12 months. “The year-long schedule brings travel certainty and choice for customers who may want to travel from today 29 May 2018 until 28 May 2019,” said SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali. “Through our collaborative efforts with partner airlines (SAA, SA Airlink and Mango Airlines), we are pleased that we can now offer customers a year-long schedule intended to ensure business continuity for all stakeholders and the markets affected,” he added. Like SA Express, SAA and Mango are State-owned (Mango is part of the SAA Group) but Airlink is a private-sector company.