Kimberley - Kimberley passengers flying to Johannesburg were delayed on Wednesday when their SA Express flight was grounded after the pilot was apparently unable to start the engines.
Northern Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nocci) CEO, Sharon Steyn, said that this was unacceptable.
“This is not the first time. Our business people are suffering as a result of the incompetence of the airline. I can understand that today’s problem was a bit out of the ordinary, but what I fail to understand is that there is no contingency plan in place. They know, like everything else, maintenance is essential,” Steyn said.
She added that Kimberley business people were suffering because they had no other option but to make use of SA Express and SA Airlink.
“We don’t have any alternative airlines offering flights out of Kimberley and it is not always feasible to travel five hours to Johannesburg by car. Not only are our business people inconvenienced, but also those travelling into the city. We don’t have a lot of flights leaving the city and locals need to go to Johannesburg in order to fly to other parts of the country.”