Plettenberg Bay Airport in the Western Cape could soon be back in action, with scheduled flights by private domestic and regional airline, CemAir, recommencing next month, October.
CemAir on September 9 issued a statement in conjunction with the Bitou Local Municipality, concerning the binding agreement into which the parties are entering with regard to the restoration of the licence of the Plettenberg Bay Airport and the restoration of scheduled flights by CemAir.
In terms of the agreement, CemAir will engage with the South African Civil Aviation Authority to, jointly with the Municipality, manage the process of rectifying all identified non-conformances. As the owner of the airport, the Municipality will provide its full co-operation and support to expedite this process.
Additional resources will come from CemAir to resolve the identified shortcomings, allowing the airport to once more meet safety compliance requirements as soon as possible.
The statement said, with the support of the CAA, that it would be possible to recommence commercial flights to Plettenberg Bay during October.
The agreement will allow for the implementation of a Council Resolution to outsource the management of the airport to a suitably qualified private party through an open and transparent tender process.