Comair ordered to help FlySafair passengers

2013-10-08 16:15
An interdict has been granted against FlySafair in the Comair challenge against the Air Services Licensing Council granting it a domestic passenger service license. Comair claimed that FlySafair does not meet the required 25% limit of foreign ownership.

In a twist of events, the court has ordered the local operator of kulula and British Airways domestic to help the passengers left stranded by the delayed start of the new low cost airline.

FlySafair posted the following information on twitter.

FlySafair started selling tickets at the end of August despite Comair's threaten court action against it, with a one-way ticket from Johannesburg to Cape Town costing R798. It had planned to have ten flights per day between the two cities by October 17.

“Unfortunately and contrary to our expectations, the court has granted the interdict sought by our competitors. This order effectively prohibits us from starting our operation until such time that the Air Services Licensing Council’s decision to grant Safair the scheduled license has been reviewed by the court,” Dave Andrew, CEO of FlySafair said in a statement. 

“We understand that as an airline we have a duty and a commitment to the thousands of passengers who have already booked flights with us, and as importantly, the 300 plus employees whose lives will be affected by the court’s decision. Our board is therefore currently considering all available options as we remain dedicated to the launch of FlySafair.

“The Air Services Licensing Council agreed that Safair met all the necessary regulations as per the Licensing Act No. 115 of 1990, which is why we were granted the license to operate. However, the court ruled that our competitors should be given an opportunity to have the Council’s decision reconsidered. We are taking every step to ensure that the Council’s decision is duly confirmed,” said Andrew.

“The benefit for our passengers is that FlySafair has increased the number of cheap tickets in the domestic market and that we’ve driven the general prices in the industry down, which Comair will now have to honour as ordered.

“Even though this is a setback for FlySafair, we are positive that we can overcome this hurdle, and we look forward to providing South Africa a new alternate domestic carrier to ensure," said Andrew.

The airline remains optimistic that it will be able to fly but when this will happen remains unclear as yet.

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