Johannesburg-Maputo route to have low cost flights starting in 2010

9 December 2009

Johannesburg, South Africa, 9 Dec – Air links between Johannesburg and Maputo will have another operator, “1Time”, as of the beginning of next year, with five flights per week, the South African low cost airline said.

“Passengers that have traditionally used this route will be able to save around 50 percent on what they are used to paying,” low cost airline 1Time, based in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, said.

So far Mozambican airline LAM and South Africa’s SAA have had a monopoly on the route and a lack of competition has kept prices relatively high.

1Time also announced that it would launch holiday packages to Maputo, via its website, similarly to what it had already done to Zanzibar and Tanzania.

As well as the Johannesburg-Maputo route, the company is preparing to increase its flights to Zanzibar and, at the end of November, launched its flights to Livingstone, Zambia.

“All of these air links are part of a programme of expansion to other African countries where air tariffs have so far been kept artificially high through bilateral agreements to protect national airlines,” said 1Time in a statement. (macauhub)