CAPE TOWN - Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) on Thursday confirmed it had suspended state-owned airline SA Express from landing and taking off from its runways as a result of non-payment of airport fees accrued over a period of time.
Acsa said in a statement that confidentiality prevented it from disclosing exactly how much SA Express owed it, but said its executives had for several months been meeting with the airline's executives to get them to settle the outstanding payment for passenger service charges, landing and parking fees.
The airline in a media release earlier on Thursday had accused Acsa of reneging on an agreement reached in a meeting on Wednesday for flights to resume. Acsa disputed this, saying SA Express did not hold up to its end of the deal.
"Further undertakings were made during that engagement. Airports Company South Africa agreed to lift the suspension should these further undertakings be met.
"Unfortunately, these conditions were not met and the suspension of SA Express remains in place," Acsa said.