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Directions to Combat COVID-19 in the Air Services Amended

July 3, 2020

Department of Transport

Directions to combat COVID-19 in the air services have been amended.

The transport department published the amended Directions in Government Gazette 43493.

They were drawn up in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

A new Direction 5 on international flights and domestic flights stipulates that all international passenger flights are prohibited, except those flights authorised by the transport minister.

The list of domestic airports reopened as from 1 July 2020 include Bram Fischer International Airport; Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport; Pietermaritzburg Airport; Port Elizabeth International Airport; Richardsbay Airport; Skukuza Airport; and Upington International Airport.

A new direction 5B on general aviation sets down the aerial work that is now permitted.

Aerial work includes agricultural spraying, seeding and dusting; cloud spraying, seeding and dusting; aerial patrol, observation and survey; search and rescue; parachuting and fire spotting, control and fighting.

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.

The amended Directions came into effect on the date of publication.