Sunday, 03 April 2022 19:41

Operations return to normal after refuelling glitch at King Shaka airport.

By Lwandile Bhengu.

Flights were delayed at King Shaka International Airport on Sunday after a technical glitch in refuelling.  

ACSA group executive of operations Terence Delomoney said that six aircraft experienced delays due to the glitch. 

"King Shaka International Airport (KSIA) experienced a tech

nical problem with the fuel hydrant system on Sunday morning. Re-fuelling had to be done by a tanker. The issue was resolved at 11:30 on Sunday," said Delomoney. 

Angry passengers took to social media to complain about their flights being delayed. 

"No fuel at King Shaka. So no planes can take off!! I can't anymore," tweeted one user. 

Delomoney said that operations had since returned to normal, and that the airport had sufficient fuel stocks.

Last month, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) suspended the operating licence of Lufthansa Technik, the organisation that maintains Comair’s fleet.

Sacaa said this comes after "a spate of incidents" with Comair aircraft.

It gave Lufthansa Technik 24 hours, with effect from Monday night, to resolve the issues identified by the aviation regulator.

This follows an audit by Sacaa where Lufthansa Technik’s quality control management system and safety management systems were reviewed.

At the time, British Airways and Kulula were grounded over safety-related issues.

These included incidents of engine failures on two Kulula flights, a landing gear safety incident on a British Airways flight in East London, and a failed take-off in Lanseria.