South African carrier CemAir (5Z) has resumed flights from Johannesburg OR Tambo to George airport.
CemAir becomes the first domestic carrier to resume service to George after the imposition of the lockdown in March 2020. George Airport was recently added to the list of airports that can open for operations by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on 16 July 2020.
Addressing the press Minister Mbalula said “I am happy to announce that the following additional airports have met all the requirements and will resume operations on 21 July 2020: East London Airport, George Airport and Kimberley Airport”.
The flight departed Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport late morning and arriving in George at lunchtime. CemAir released a statement saying “CemAir is proud to have operated the first scheduled airline flight between Johannesburg (JNB) and George (GRJ) since the lockdown began in March this year. The aircraft departed Johannesburg at 11:30 on Friday 24th July and touched down at George Airport just after 13:30”.
CemAir has scheduled a four weekly service between the two cities with a view of increasing the frequencies after the Covid19 lockdown restrictions are eased. The flight from Johannesburg was operated using a 78 seater Dash8-400 aircraft with 50 passengers on-board.
CemAir has been operating a number repatriation flights during the lockdown. Recently the airline performed a repatriation flight for South Africans stranded in Iraq. The airline came to the aid of 80 South African nationals and picked them up in two Iraqi cities of Erbil and Basra.
In the coming months CemAir are planning repatriation flights from Johannesburg to a number of African cities including Luanda- Angola, Accra-Ghana, Dar es Salaam-Tanzania and Lubumbashi-DR Congo. The airline will also perform a repatriation flight between Douala – Cameroon and Windhoek-Namibia.
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