South Africa ‘Bureaucratic Hurdles’ Delay FastJet flight between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg

September 26, 2013 2:46 pm0 comments by:

Fastjet CEO Ed Winter and Deputy Minister of Transport for Tanzania Hon. Dr. Charles Tizeba. (fastjet)

Bureaucratic red tape by South African authorities have led to last minute cancellations  of FastJet  first international flight between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg, which was  previously scheduled to take place on Friday 27 September 2013.

A statement released by the company said.  “The postponement was due to unexpected administrative delays caused by the South African Department of Transport this week requesting additional documentation very late in the licensing and regulatory process.”

Commenting on the news, fastjet Chief Executive Ed Winter said: “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.”

However, he added, “Launching flights on this route remains a key priority for fastjet, and we are confident we will be operating on this service by mid-October, starting a new era of choice for passengers who continue to suffer inflated prices on flights between two of Africa’s largest and fastest growing cities”

Flights between the two cities will initially be operated by fastjet three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, increasing in frequency as soon as consumer demand dictates. Winter continued.

According to fastjet Chief Executive Ed Winter the route will “compete head-to-head with South African Airways to provide real value for money flights, represents the next step on that journey. Healthy and fair competition is vital in any economy and in any industry. Competition will bring choice and lower fares – a win-win for consumers.

Tanzania business and tourism opportunities expected to  receive a significant boost with the launch of FastJet Johannesburg route.

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