Cape Town - South African domestic airline newcomer Skywise had passengers more than irate after delays and cancellations to its flight schedule on Monday and Tuesday sparked rumours that the airline had been grounded yet again.
Skywise has issued a statement refuting reports, stating the airline is operating its normal schedule of six flights a day between Johannesburg and Cape Town, with two flights on Tuesdays, which is its scheduled maintenance day.
Co Chairperson and Interim CEO Tabassum Qadir said, “Nothing has changed, we are operating the same flight schedule as updated on 20 October. There have been no further revisions to the schedule since then.”
The airline confirmed that one flight was cancelled on Monday, November 9 due to a technical issue with an aircraft, that led to a "dispute with one of our lessors".
"We are in the process of signing a new lease on a replacement aircraft from another lessor," Qadir said.
Skywise's current fleet consists of one Boeing 737, with another aircraft on standby as backup. The airline said it was also in the process of re-configuring an additional Boeing from a business and economy class configuration to purely an economy offering, which would be introduced to the fleet on 1 December 2015.
The airline confirmed a new sales office had also just been opened in at Park Station.
"This is a positive step which enables Skywise to continue to grow the previously unflown market. Getting people who travel by road from Park Station to Cape Town aims to expose this particular market to the airline's affordable air fares in the long term."