It has been our privilege as SA Express to have you on board, because ultimately: “We fly for you.” As the Festive Season commences, I would sincerely like to thank all of our stakeholders, shareholders, customers, staff and Board of Directors for their continued support throughout 2013.
As we celebrate the spirit of the season, many of us are also in transit to connect with our loved ones, both locally and internationally. Air travel is still among the safest modes of travel available, and we invite you to take advantage of our extensive route network to travel to the destinations of your choice.
This is also a time for us to reflect on the year that was. As an organisation, we have a lot to be proud of. Our staff members continued to show that they treat SA Express as their own investment. Their dedication, hard work and passion led to a notable R129 million cost saving initiative. We salute you in actively shaping the future of our airline.
We have also not lost sight of our purpose of connecting small cities to bigger ones, in order to play an enabling role in economic growth by promoting business and tourism travel between destinations. The five new routes launched this year are testament to our long term vision of making air travel accessible to all South Africans.
From an industry perspective, we renewed our membership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This is a trade association of airlines that allows us to engage in key aviation issues, such as safety, security, taxation, liberalisation and environmental responsibility. We also maintained our IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate. This certification is proof that we are committed to improving airline operational safety through a globally accepted audit programme, which uses international standards to improve airline efficiency.
As you embark on your travels this holiday season, we hope that you are utilising the baggage wrapping system that we have introduced at our counters as a value added service to you.
Best wishes for a happy holiday season, and once again our sincere thanks for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year.