South African Express (XZ, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) says the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has approved its Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) as it gradually progresses towards a resumption of flight operations.

The state-owned carrier was forced to suspend flight operations in late May after SACAA revoked its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC), airworthiness certificates for nine of its twenty-one aircraft, and its AMO accreditations. At the time, the regulator said it had undertaken the move after an audit had uncovered seventeen (17) findings, of which five (5) were categorised as Level 1 findings.

In an update issued on July 12, South African Express said that aside from accepting its CAPs, SACAA had reinstated its AMO accreditation on Friday, June 22. While it is currently undergoing recertification, SA Express's aircraft are also being scrutinized for airworthiness.

"The airline's recovery remains top of mind and it is in this vein, that we have established a team, which has been dedicated to the CAPs and their implementation, and a second team that is focused on the recovery of the airline," it said. "These endeavours are being led by our newly appointed Board of Directors, the Ministerial Intervention Team and competent, dedicated SA Express employees."

The statement made no mention of whether the South African government had formally agreed to recapitalize the carrier, among the most pressing of the Level 1 findings.