FlySafair today announced that the Air Services Licensing Council, or ASLC for short, has approved the airline’s application for a domestic air service license. This approval means that FlySafair will finally be able to launch their domestic scheduled flights operation in South Africa, a piece of news that no doubt will be to the liking of South African air travellers across the board.
According to a statement published on www.flysafair.co.za, the license adds to the airline’s domestic and international unscheduled license, which it has held for close on half a decade.
FlySafair faced a number of obstacles to market entry in SA, including two established competitors bringing an urgent interdict application against the airline on the grounds that FlySafair had a foreign ownership stake of greater than the 25% maximum prescribed by South African regulatory authorities.
This prompted the airline to shed the problematic shareholding component, which also involved the biggest employee shareholding scheme the SA airline industry has seen to date. FlySafair employees hence hold an effective 25.14% stake in the business.
Safair CEO Dave Andrew is quoted as saying that the airline is committed to job creation, and that the airline is in it “for the long run”.
While the airline has been grounded for well over 6 months, all of its employees retained their jobs in the interim. These employees were utilised in Safair’s existing business, providing support services to local carriers and international charter outfits.
According to Andrew, the airline is eager to start offering South Africans a competitively priced alternative, and are currently evaluating their options in term of the airline’s relaunch.
FlySafair ticket sales launch dates should recommence soon. For more information visit www.flysafair.co.za, or keep an eye on this blog for the latest breaking aviation news.