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Civil Aviation During COVID-19 Level 3 Under the Spotlight

June 30, 2020

Department of Transport

All international passenger flights are prohibited except those flights authorised by the transport minister.

The transport department announced this in a statement on the opening of further civil aviation activities during Coronavirus COVID-19 Alert Level 3.

Other relaxations include that domestic passenger flights will resume from additional airports as from 1 July 2020.

Airports include Bram Fischer International Airport; Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport; Port Elizabeth International Airport and Upington International Airport.

The statement also focuses on aerial work and general aviation to be permitted.

Recreational aviation is permitted for proficiency flights provided that the flight is authorized by the South African Civil Aviation Authority and remains within the general flying area, airfield or airport boundaries.

Crew members operating in foreign countries can also be exchanged as and when required.

Aviation technicians, mechanics and engineers can be transported internationally for essential support and assistance to aircraft.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, declared that while government has expressed support for a review of taxi loading capacity to 100%, “until the current Directions have been revised the legal loading capacity is 70% and enforceable by law enforcement authorities”.

The minister added that it is “rather unfortunate and regrettable that the taxi industry leadership has elected to violate the law and forcefully load taxis at 100% capacity and undertake inter-provincial operations without the requisite permits, rather than await a decision on the matters they have tabled”.