LONDON, June 14 Fastjet, the African
budget airline backed by easyJet founder Stelios
Haji-Ioannou, said it would temporarily shelve plans to launch
domestic routes in South Africa to focus on rolling out
international flights from Tanzania.
The African start-up airline said on Friday it had been
granted permission to launch international flights from Tanzania
to South Africa, Zambia and Rwanda after receiving route
approvals from the relevant governments under the Bilateral Air
Services Agreements (BASA) between Tanzania and the other
However, the company said it had decided to put the launch
of fastjet-branded domestic routes in South Africa temporarily
on hold to focus on launching international services as soon as
"We remain totally committed to launching the fastjet brand
in South Africa as soon as possible ... we have taken the
sensible decision to prioritize setting up these lucrative and
high profile routes first, before turning our attention to
launch the fastjet brand on domestic routes in South Africa," Ed
Winter, fastjet's chairman and chief executive, said.
Winter added that the company would soon announce launch
dates for flights to Johannesburg, Kigali and Lusaka from Dar es
Salaam in Tanzania.
Fastjet, which has ambitions to become the first pan-African
low-cost carrier, was created following the acquisition of
African airline Fly540, and operates from four bases in Kenya,
Tanzania, Ghana and Angola.
Fastjet, which has 10 aircraft serving around 25
destinations within Africa, on Thursday said it had agreed to
create a low-cost airline operating within Nigeria and across
Africa with Nigeria's Red 1 Airways.
Fastjet also said it had signed a new three year equity
financing agreement for up to 15 million pounds ($23.5 million)
with Darwin, a subsidiary of Henderson Global Investors Volantis
Capital, after having drawn 1.13 million pounds from its