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28 January 2013
Fast jet to start Joburg route
Fastjet to open Johannesburg route
Fastjet has announced a proposal to launch regional flights to three new destinations, including Johannesburg.
In a statement, the airline, which started flying from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza and Kilimanjaro in November last year, said it expected to announce regional routes to Johannesburg as well as Entebbe in Uganda and Moroni in the Comoros in the next few weeks. But a sensitive negotiation process has delayed the UK based airline company Fastjet's plans from operating in South Africa .
A provisional agreement was signed between the low-cost African airline and the recently bankrupted SA local carrier 1Time just three weeks ago.1Time's liquidation company, Tshwane Trust, said it was confident 1Time's planes will take to the skies again next year.The trust's Aviwe Ndyamara said the negotiations are going well, but several organisations still have to sign off on the deal.“We’re talking about the Civil Aviation Authority, the department of transport and the Johannesburg Stock exchange requirements.”He said Fastjet will be able to announce the reopening of 1Time when the return dates for final liquidation papers are filed in February.
Fastjet modelled on the Low Cost Carriers so succesful in Europe has plans to fly to other sub-Saharan regions pan Africa.