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Friday, September 27, 2013

Fastjet Delays International Launch

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African low-cost carrier Fastjet's inaugural flight from Dar es Salaam Airport in Tanzania to Johannesburg has been pushed back to mid-October due to "unexpected administrative delays," the airline said Friday. 
 
The airline, co-founded by Sir Stelios Haiji-loannnou (founder of easyJet), said it received a last minute request for paperwork from the South African Department of Transport. Six flights, two scheduled for Friday, two for Monday and two for Oct. 2 have been cancelled as a result of the delay. Fastjet is looking to establish itself as the first pan-African low-cast airline, and will compete directly with South African Airways on the route between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg. 
 
“This postponement is very disappointing. Unfortunately however, administrative delays of this nature are not unusual in the markets in which we operate. Having complied with all the requests made of us and secured all the necessary licenses and permits in an extremely diligent and timely fashion, fastjet was led to believe that we were fully on-track to launch this route on the 27th September," said Ed Winter, chief executive of Fastjet. 
 

The carrier said all affected passengers will receive refunds.  

 

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