Planning to offer flights today

2012-03-09 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Velvet Sky said it is working on a plan to offer flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town today and tomorrow — hoping to assist Argus cyclists who had booked on the airline for the weekend’s race.

Dhevan Pillay, the airline’s chief executive, told Beeld last night that Velvet Sky was on track to “definitely” restart flights next Monday after it announced yesterday that it had reached a settlement agreement with its fuel supplier, BP Southern Africa.

He said everything was in order to resume flying, from the paperwork to the planes and staff. All that still needed sorting out was the payment system with the banks. This system is necessary to book tickets, but the facility has been temporarily frozen by the banks. Pillay said the airline was working to reactivate these systems.

BP applied to the high court in Pietermaritzburg last month to have Velvet Sky liquidated and stopped supplying fuel to the airline. BP said earlier that Velvet Sky owes it about R17 million.

Gary Webb, operations manager of Velvet Sky, told Beeld the application to liquidate the airline had been withdrawn and that the case had been settled. He did not have the details of the settlement. Pillay said the airline was creating a new flight schedule.

He thanked passengers for their patience and apologised for the inconvenience caused by cancelled flights. If the airline could offer flights today and tomorrow, he added, passengers with tickets would be able to use them.

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