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New low cost airline ready to take to the skies

FlySafair's launch follows 1Time and Velvet Sky airlines both going bust.

FlySafair will take to the skies next week for the first time. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - A new low cost airline will take off next week for the first time.

FlySafair's launch follows 1Time and Velvet Sky airlines both going bust while operating in the same market.

Air ticket prices have risen 20% over the past three years, according to Comair, the British Airways franchisee operating under the Kulula brand.

"If you look at our fare for Johannesburg to Cape Town, it's very similar to what you would pay on a bus or on the train," says the airline's chief executive Dave Andrew.

Andrew says the initial route will be from Cape Town and Johannesburg with more route expansions to follow in the coming months.

FlySafair says its regular ticket prices will start at a base rate of R499 for flights between Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Andrew says the company's years of experience will guarantee their longevity.

"The big difference is really that Safair has been in the industry for nearly 50 years. FlySafair is a new service offering but it's not a new business that we are starting. So we will still have our traditional business to support us."

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