SA Express

In service


SA Express is a South African regional carrier based in Johannesburg. The carrier’s services are incorporated within the strategic alliance with Airlink and South African Airways but the carrier operates independently. Founded in 1994, the carrier operates services from its bases at OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport.

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) suspended its AOC on 25-May-2018. The resumption of services was subject to the reapplication of an AOC and approval by SACAA. South African Airways (SAA) announced an extended schedule as part of "interventions" to sustain the SA Express network, following the suspension of SA Express operations. SA Express resumed operations on 23-Aug-2018.

SA Express was placed under business rescue proceedings in Feb-2020 and suspended operations on 18-Mar-2020. The airline was placed in provisional liquidation on 28-Apr-2020.

In Feb-2021, SA Express' provisional liquidator Aviwe Ndyamara stated the sale process for the airline was concluded with preferred bidder Fly SAX. Fly SAX has paid ZAR24.7 million (USD1.69 million) of the ZAR50 million (USD3.42 million) purchase price. The airline may enter final liquidation if the balance is not paid within three months.

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