A new cheap flights carrier will launch in South Africa in January, providing fresh competition to the country’s domestic airline industry.
According to South African news provider Independent Online (IOL), Airtime Airlines will commence operations on January 4th with return flights from Durban to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
The carrier could also launch international flights once King Shaka International Airport opens at La Mercy in 2010.
Speaking to IOL, KZN tourism chief executive officer Ndabo Khoza said that he was looking forward to the setting-up of South Africa’s newest airline.
"I think if [this airline] has a very good business model then it could work and it could make money," he said.
IOL said that a new cheap flights carrier would fill a "desperately needed competitive position" in the South African flights market, which was recently emphasised by the closure of Nationwide.
Airtime Airlines will be the first major South African airline based outside of Johannesburg, with its slogan already decided as ‘Durban’s Connection’.