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FlySafair gets local passenger licence

After being grounded in October.

The Air Services Licencing Council (ASLC) has granted FlySafair a domestic air service licence, according to a statement released on Wednesday by the carrier.

The company, which has held an international and domestic unscheduled licence for almost 50 years, is now allowed to operate domestic scheduled flights.

On August 23 2013, the Air Services Licensing Council (ASLC) granted Safair Operations permission to start its own domestic low cost operation, FlySafair. An urgent interdict was brought against FlySafair, by competitors Comair and Skywise, and granted in October 2013, by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. According to FlySafair this was because it did not meeting the 75% domestic ownership requirements.

The order prohibited the carrier from starting its operation until the ASLC’s decision to grant Safair the scheduled licence had been reviewed by the court.

“Since then FlySafair has restructured their shareholding, getting rid of the shareholding which caused the problems and at the same time concluding the largest employee share ownership scheme in the aviation industry, effectively giving its South African employees a 25.14% stake in the company.

“We are eager to provide South Africans with an alternate low cost airline that is dedicated to offering competitive and sustainable fares between Johannesburg and Cape Town,” says Dave Andrew, CEO of Safair.

“Having now received our new schedule passenger licence, we are currently evaluating our options for the re-launch of FlySafair. Dates for the launch flight and ticket sales will be announced in due course.”

The carrier initially aimed to offer up to ten daily flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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