The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has suspended all flights to Plettenberg Bay Airport in the in the Western Cape with immediate effect.
The decision means that no commercial flights will be allowed to operate from the airport.
In a statement, commercial airline CemAir said the decision has affected its Johannesburg and Cape Town services.
The airline said the reason for suspension is the ongoing failure of the Airport to address outstanding issues from SACAA inspections which were not met.
Adding that Bitou Municipality had both a statutory and contractual obligation to correct the issues, which were not done.
“It is unclear why the SACAA’s decision, although based on long outstanding issues, was made with almost no notice.”
“Although CemAir has on numerous occasions offered to assist with the resolution of issues as well as the management of the Airport and provision of essential training for Airport and Fire Fighting staff, the majority of these offers or proposals were ignored and went unanswered by the Bitou Municipality,” CemAir said.
Flights will now be redirected to the George Airport.