South African Express Airways is an airline based in South Africa. Although the airline is operationally independent of South African Airways, its flights are incorporated within the strategic alliance with Airlink and South African Airways. South African Express started operations on 24 April 1994. The airline has its head office on the fourth floor of the West Wing of the Pier Development on the grounds of O.R. Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.
South African Express has been loss-making over recent years; figures that had been made available were disputed, and the previously published accounts were withdrawn in November 2011 after accounting errors were discovered that dated back several years. Available figures (for years ending 31 March) are:
Profitability figures for 2008–09 are not shown above(*), as they are believed to have been restated since the publication of the Annual Report. Revised figures for 2010–11 are from press reports in April 2013; audited figures for 2012–13 were expected in August 2013.