LOW-COST CARRIERS MIRED IN CONTROVERSY AND RED TAPE
flyafrica isn’t the first low- cost hopeful to be yanked off the runway at the 11th hour. In their i nitial attempts to l aunch i n South Africa, London- l i sted Fastjet and l ocal operator FlySafair were both stopped in their tracks. Fastjet started its foray into the local market in 2012 with plans to return the mortally indebted 1time airline to operation. When that fell through, the plan changed to a partnership with charter operation Federal Air with a launch date in 2013. Three launch dates passed by and then, just as tickets were finally about to go on sale, the airline announced it was grounding its muchhyped South African base to operate regional flights out of Tanzania.
It didn’t stop there: Fastjet’s first flight into SA from Julius Nyerere Airport in Tanzania was also fraught with red tape and bureaucracy as the l ocal department of transport