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FlySafair ready for maiden flight

The new low-cost airline will take its maiden flight from Cape Town International Airport this morning.

Air freight and charters company Safair has announced the introduction of their low-cost passenger operation, FlySafair. Picture: FlySafair.co.za.

JOHANNESBURG - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of low-cost airline FlySafair, Dave Andrew, says the airline is ready to take to the skies today.

Andrew told the Money Show that employees were working hard all week and airplanes in Cape Town are ready to takeoff.

"There is nervous excitement and it's been a long time coming."

The low-budget airline was supposed to take to the skies last year, but rival airlines Comair and Skywise successfully applied for an interdict against the carrier in the North Gauteng High Court.

They claimed FlySafair didn't meet the requirement of 75 percent local ownership.

FlySafair said it's now concluded its full Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) transaction, allowing it to reapply for its licence.

Andrew added that bookings are also looking good.

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