Skywise to push ticket prices down

2013-08-20 16:15

Johannesburg - Tickets for Skywise, a new low-cost airline started by the founders of 1time, are expected to cost a quarter less than current tickets for the ever popular Johannesburg-Cape Town route. 

Beeld reports that the cheapest return flight currently costs a little more than R1 800 on Mango or Kulula. 

Rodney James, executive head of Skywise, said that they were planning on using proper low-cost business models to lower ticket costs by about 25%.

The former head of 1time believes that the South African market is in dire need of more low-cost airlines.

"When 1time was liquidated, the other budget airlines pushed their prices up instead of increasing capacity," he explained. 

This tendency has led to a demise in local flights, according to Acsa, which noted a 5% drop in local traffic between May and June this year. 

James hopes that by keeping prices as cheap as possible, those people who are currently not flying because it's too expensive will take to the skies again.

Skywise is hoping to receive its operating certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority at the end of August, with the hope of starting flights about a month later. 

A deposit has been put down for two Boeing 737-300 aircraft for the Cape Town - Johannesburg route.

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