Revival in prospect for South Africa's 1time

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Low-cost carrier 1time Airline is set to return to South Africa's skies in March with the launch of new domestic flights, says its prospective new owner Pak Africa Aviation.

The plan is for 1time, which suspended operations last year, to start services from Johannesburg to Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth in the first week of March 2014.

This will be followed by the launch of international flights from Johannesburg to Harare in April and Lusaka in July.

1time's fleet will initially consist of four Airbus A320s, including two from British Virgin Islands-headquartered Global Airways, which 1Time Holdings has purchased for R21.6 million ($2.1 million).

Financial backer Pak Africa – a vehicle owned by a consortium of investors in Dubai and Pakistan – says it has secured an air operator's certificate (AOC).

It is in the final stages of acquiring 1time Holdings from its existing shareholders for R15 million and expects regulatory approval for the deal in January.

Separately, Pak Africa hopes to launch another airline, 1time Zimbabwe, in Harare, as a joint venture with Central Air Transport Services.