South African Airways Technical has reinstated aircraft maintenance after it managed to reach a payment agreement with some of the airlines.
The SAA subsidiary had suspended maintenance services to four of its airline customers, including low-cost carrier Mango, due to outstanding payments.
"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with at least two of our customers and will continue to have discussions with two others as we seek to find a resolution and settlement on these matters," says SAAT CEO, Adam Voss.
"The decision we took to suspend services to our customers was not taken lightly."
"We had to protect our commercial interests which extend to the wellbeing of our employees who were adversely impacted by the cashflow challenges we experienced, resulting in payment of 25% of their salaries for the month of September."
SAAT apologised to all its employees for the inconvenience and said it was in discussions with labour unions to arrange for the payment of the balance of salaries for September.
Mango aircraft returned to service on Saturday to transport passengers following the agreement between the two parties.
Updated Statement: (1/2) Mango would like to report back that an agreement has been reached with SAAT to continue maintaining, servicing & providing daily pre-flight checks on Mango aircraft as per usual. Mango is doing all within its power to restore operations to normal.— FlyMangoSA (@FlyMangoSA) October 2, 2020
Updated Statement: (2/2) We urge all our Guests to always check our website, https://t.co/b1GGnkI2En for any changes to our flight schedule. We regret the inconvenience caused to all our stakeholders. We look forward to flying you again in the near future— FlyMangoSA (@FlyMangoSA) October 2, 2020