Fastjet has made a last-minute postponement to the launch of its first international route, citing administrative delays caused by the South African transport ministry.
The Tanzania-based low-cost carrier had intended to launch a thrice-weekly service between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg on 27 September, but has now pushed this back until at least mid-October after South African authorities made a “very late request for additional documentation”.
The pan-African airline says that it delivered these documents when requested but has been told it will take several days for them to be processed.
Chief executive Ed Winter described the delay as “very disappointing” but says such schedule slips are not unusual in the markets where the airline operates. He adds that he is “confident” the service will commence by mid-October.
Earlier this year, Fastjet delayed the launch of domestic services within South Africa, planned for July, after it received bilateral approval to operate international routes into the country.