1Time staff to rally against new airline

Staff will rally to ensure the founders of 1Time are not awarded a new operating licence.

1Time Airline. Picture: KaliwiseOnline.com

JOHANNESBURG - Former employees of 1Time Airline are rallying to ensure the founders of the airline are not awarded a new licence to operate a budget airline.

Glenn Orsmond, Rodney James, and Michael Kaminski plan on launching 'Skywise', which would offer flights between the Cape Town International Airport and O.R. Tambo International by using two leased Boeing 737s.

1Time Airline was placed under liquidation last month, while under the direction of CEO Blacky Komani.

One time's former employees blame the airline's colossal debt on its original founders, saying they were the catalysts for the events that led to the provisional liquidation.

The ex-staff members will on Wednesday formally ask the Department of Transport not to grant the founders a new licence to operate another low-cost airline.

They will argue the founders will repeat history as they have demonstrated a lack of integrity and a blatant disregard for the public who trusted their product.

Meanwhile, United Kingdom-based Fastjet said it was in negotiations with the provisional liquidator of 1Time and said it hopes to get the carrier in the air again before Christmas.