Fastjet ready to launch in SA

UK based airline Fastjet says it will be ready to take its maiden domestic flight at the end of May.

UK based airline Fastjet. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - United Kingdom (UK) based airline Fastjet said on Monday it was on track to start its domestic services in South Africa by the end of May.

The low-cost carrier abandoned plans to buy the bankrupt 1Time airline and signed a deal with investment company Blockbuster, which has ties to President Jacob Zuma's son, Edward.

Local operator Federal Airline's Brad Dickson said they expect to start selling tickets for the first flight in about a week's time.

"We're basically completing the process in terms of the regulatory requirements and driving the necessary bodies. We anticipate opening for bookings around 15 May and the first ride will be on 31 May."

In December, the airline promised travellers very low fares.

Fastjet is a subsidiary of publically listed company, Lonrho.

The company said it had been considering investing in South Africa for some time.