Being on time supports FlySafair profits - CEO

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FlySafair CEO Elmar Conradie (Supplied)
FlySafair CEO Elmar Conradie (Supplied)

Johannesburg - Low-cost carrier FlySafair announced on Tuesday that it made a profit in 2016 - the carrier’s second year of operations.

"We are very pleased with the results," Conradie told Fin24 on Tuesday.

"We always knew it would be tough breaking into this market, but that is basically your investment to establish yourself in the market. We are happy with where we are after two years. We went from two aircraft to nine aircraft and each time you add an aircraft or a new route there are investment costs."

He said the big things FlySafair focused on over the past two years has been on-time performance and customer service.

The profit came despite a tough trading environment, with low economic growth and an over-supply of seats on domestic routes. The profit also came despite FlySafair’s aggressive expansion in 2016. It added three new aircraft to its operating fleet, bringing it to a total of nine aircraft. In August, the airline also launched new routes from Lanseria to Cape Town and George.

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