Skywise to begin operations in 2015


According to Travel Buyer, low-cost carrier Skywise plans to launch South African domestic flights as early as the beginning of next year, but under new ownership. 

Pak Africa Aviation announced at the end of October that it was in the process of purchasing the Air Service Licence (ASL) of Skywise, which has been struggling to launch flights since mid-2012. The airline was dealt a heavy blow when the South African Department of Transport cancelled its ASL in April this year because the airline failed to operate before the licence expiry date. An extension of the licence was eventually obtained. 

Pak Africa Aviation CEO Tabassum Qadir said Skywise would begin operating domestic routes at the beginning of 2015, deploying one B737-300 and two A320s. She would not divulge which routes were being considered, but added that regional operations were also on the cards for the end of 2015.