Durban – The Pietermaritzburg and Richards Bay airports have been given the green light to reopen from 1 July.

The two airports are among seven that will be able to resume operations, according to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.

The other five include: Bram Fischer International Airport, Skukuza Airport, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Port Elizabeth International Airport, and Upington International Airport.

O.R. Tambo International, Cape Town International, King Shaka International airport, and Lanseria have been open since the beginning of June.

Briefing the media on Monday, Mbalula says general aviation will be permitted. He says recreational travel is still strongly discouraged.

“Approved Regional re-positioning flights for all South African and foreign-registered aircraft into and from South Africa for return after maintenance and repair, to perform maintenance and repair or to continue with contractual work within South Africa or foreign countries within the region.

“Exchanging of crew members operating in foreign countries as and when required; and transporting of aviation technicians, mechanics and engineers internationally for essential support and assistance to aircraft.

“Proficiency flights provided that the flight is authorised by the South African Civil Aviation Authority and remains within the general flying area, airfield or airport boundaries.

“Recreational aviation is permitted for proficiency flights provided that the flight is authorised by the South African Civil Aviation Authority and remains within the general flying area, airfield or airport boundaries.”

International flights are still prohibited except flights authorised by the Minister of Transport and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.