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Faced with calls to get out, Comair CEO begs workers to help get flights in the air

Faced with calls to get out, Comair CEO begs workers to help get flights in the air

The Civil Aviation Authority has reviewed documents from Comair – to help determine when British Airways and Kulula flights will be cleared to take off.

Comair CEO Glenn Orsmond. Image: Xanderleigh Dookey Makhaza/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG — As workers accuse Comair CEO Glenn Orsmond of egregious failures that cost the company its operating license, the air operator’s ground manager insists everyone is on the same side.

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has reviewed Comair’s documents to help determine when British Airways and Kulula flights will be cleared to take off.

The authority launched an investigation earlier this week following several reports of safety incidents, including engine failures and landing gear malfunctions.

Orsmond struggled to convince strikers affiliated with Numsa that he had their best interests at heart.

“We’re all on the same side here. I’ve told you many times we have the best people in the business, but for now, let’s get back to the skies, work together, make this our number one priority,” Orsmond tells the strikers.

But Numsa spokesman Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said Orsmond was in the wrong business.

“If you as the CEO of an airline cannot guarantee passenger safety, you don’t have to manage an airline and our request is simple: we want the Comair board to remove Glen Orsmond,” Hlubi-Majola said.

Numsa gave Comair’s board of directors seven days to respond to its demands.

Meanwhile, frustrated customers have had to deal with high ticket prices from competing airlines.

Vimla Maistry of South African Airways (SAA) said this was due to increased demand.

“Due to the high demand for seats on all domestic airlines, as 40% of normal seat capacity has been taken off the market, South African Airways has increased capacity, deploying larger aircraft on selected flights. Durban and Cape Town SAA has not increased fares because of these requests,” Maistry said.



Faced with calls to get out, Comair CEO begs workers to help get flights in the air

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