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Kulula and British Airways in South Africa, both operated by Comair.

JOHANNESBURG – Comair has announced that it is ‘regrettably’ obliged to suspend all British Airways (operated by Comair) and flights from Tuesday evening 31 May 2022 pending successfully securing additional funding.

The company’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have advised that the process to raise the necessary capital is in progress and that there is reason to believe such funding may be secured. Once received, the airline will be able to recommence operations, but regrettably under these circumstances, the practitioners say they have no choice but to voluntarily suspend all scheduled flights until the funding is confirmed.

British Airways (operated by Comair) and ticket sales have also been suspended with immediate effect.

“We deeply regret the inconvenience this suspension will cause our customers. We did everything we could to avoid it. Comair, the BRPs and the lenders are working all out to get the funding in place so that we can resume our normal flight schedule as soon as possible,” says Comair CEO, Glenn Orsmond.

“Comair is inherently a viable business. We have the two of the best airline brands in the country. We are on track to carry over 4 million passengers this year and generate R5.3 billion in revenue. We have excellent staff, a modern fleet, good sales and distribution channels and low operating costs, which is why we believe the funding will be secured.”

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In March this year, #CarteBlanche looked at Comair’s future and possible demise. You can watch the story again here to see how Comair ended up in the situation it’s now in:

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For customers on British Airways (operated by Comair) flights, British Airways’ booking with confidence policy will apply. Details can be found here: Customers may also contact the Contact Centre on customers on suspended flights have the option of a Travel Bank credit or can request a full refund of their ticket value. The Travel Bank credit can be used by the passenger or someone else. Customers can e-mail