CemAir will be keeping the routes that were formerly used by SA Express. Photo: File
DURBAN - CemAir will be holding onto the routes and increased frequencies that the company started when SA Express was grounded according to Tourism Update. 

The CEO of CemAir Miles van der Molen said that that they will be retaining the routes and frequencies that are currently in use. 

In May 2018, when the South Africa Civil Aviation Authority announced that they were grounding SA Express (SAX) for non-compliance, CemAir increased their frequencies. 

There was an increase in the capacity between Johannesburg and Bloemfontein and they started a direct service between Cape Town and Hoedspruit. 

After a few days. CemAir started operating flights between Johannesburg and Kimberley. On May 29th the airline started operating direct flights between Johannesburg and Richards Bay. 

The CEO said that CemAir will continue to try and launch a Cape Town - East London service. 

"I don't believe that SA Express has truly addressed its structural challenges which involve insolvency and cash issues," said van der Molen. 

He added that the shaky market conditions will make it possible for other airlines to absorb market share. 

SA Express

Last month, the South Africa Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) allowed two SA Express aircraft to carry on with its operations while the other seven are up for inspection. 

The airline had their permit revoked when the CAA conducted an audit at SA Express and discovered that the maintenance section has serious cases of non-compliance. 

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