South African startup FlySafair is planning to launch services Oct. 16, a year later than planned, after its rivals blocked its 2013 launch at the last minute on ownership grounds.
FlySafair, which has since revamped its ownership structure, secured its domestic scheduled passenger license earlier this year and has now put tickets back on sale with a view to a mid-October launch.
It will deploy two Boeing 737-400s on routes from Cape Town to Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, with fares starting at R399 ($37), inclusive of taxes and two items of hand luggage. Checked baggage, seat selection and catering will be charged as ancillaries.
“Despite FlySafair not having been operational since August 2013 and not making any revenue since it was temporarily shut down, the airline retained the services of all 68 employees who were hired almost a year ago. This demonstrates FlySafair’s commitment not only to job creation, but also sends a clear message that the carrier is here to stay,” the airline said in a statement.
Safair, which was founded in 1969 as an ad-hoc charter and services company, has held international and domestic unscheduled licenses for nearly 50 years. “We like to think of ourselves as South Africa’s oldest, newest airline,” it said.