Thursday, 29 April 2021 15:00

Staff Reporter.

SA Express to remain in provisional liquidation until 28 July 2021.

The Pretoria High Court has granted another extension after Numsa brought  an application opposing final liquidation.

The airline has been mired in turbulence over the past year with the liquidation cloud hanging over its operations.

Meanwhile South African Airways’ plane-maintenance division is cutting jobs to help navigate the crisis that’s gripped the air-travel industry throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The restructuring is unavoidable in light of reduced demand from its airline customers, SAA Technical said in a statement.

While the state-owned company didn’t specify how many employees would be affected, Derek Mans, a representative of the Solidarity union, said about 60% of a total workforce of just over 2,000 could be eliminated.

The move comes more than a year after SAA, the national carrier and SAA Technical’s main customer, last flew a commercial flight.

The airline has been mired in bankruptcy proceedings and its own major job-cuts plan, while international travel restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19 have hampered efforts to resume even a partial service.

Mango Airlines, another member of the SAA group, is also in difficulty. The low-cost carrier was briefly suspended from flying Wednesday by the country’s airports operator over the non-payment of fees.

The airline eventually settled part of its debt after emergency talks.