Monthly Archives: September 2013

Fastjet Flights Postponed

Fastjet was set to launch flights from Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania today, and has been selling tickets for the route for the past few months on its website. However, Fastjet flights on the route have had to be postponed as a result of regulatory and administrative challenges.

Passengers who bought tickets for the route will be given a full refund by the airline, but the delay will inconvenience many travellers who had planned their holidays or business trips around specific dates. In addition to receiving a refund, passengers will be given a free flight on Fastjet, as well as assistance with re-booking.

The delays were occasioned by the Department of Transport requesting additional documentation from the airline during the licensing and regulatory process, which have not yet been processed by the Department of Transport.

When the route is finally operational, Fastjet flights will operate between Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam three days per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Flysafair Tickets from Johannesburg to Cape Town

Flysafair is South Africa’s newest low cost airline. Flysafair tickets from Johannesburg to Cape Town went on sale this week on the flysafair.co.za website, with airfares starting from R800 for a one way flight.

Flysafair has historically been active in the aircraft leasing business, and has leased aircraft to a number of the prominent airlines in South Africa.

The airline recently decided to enter into the low cost domestic airline market on a commercial basis. However, the airline has not been welcomed by other carriers, and Comair has instituted legal proceedings against them on the basis that Comair believes that they do not meet the minimum South African ownership requirements that apply to local low cost airlines under South African law.

The legal proceedings appear to be an attempt to exclude competition from the market, which is currently dominated by Comair’s low cost subsidiary Kulula.com and SAA’s low cost subsidiary Mango Airlines.