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Africa travel no longer an expensive dream

Low-cost airline 1time, which last year launched a successful new route from Joburg to the historic port of Mombasa, in Kenya, is planning further expansion into Africa in the next few months.

Chief executive Blacky Komani said it was preparing to launch three new routes, overcoming the protectionism that has kept South African airlines out of so many other countries in the region, by forming partnerships with local airlines.

One country it may soon fly to is Zimbabwe, which is believed to be on the brink of an economic revival, depending on political factors and the outcome of its general election. 1time already flies to Livingstone, on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls, as well as to Zanzibar.

Komani confirmed that it was also in discussions with the Mozambican authorities and travel trade over a possible return to its route from Joburg to Maputo. It withdrew from this last year because it became unprofitable due to a forced passenger limit to protect the market share of Mozambican national airline LAM. This meant it had to fly with a number of empty seats on its aircraft despite high demand from South African and Mozambican passengers.

Its flights were welcomed by the Mozambican travel trade, which suggested it should also fly to Maputo from Cape Town. The new negotiations are the result of pressure from Mozambican tourism authorities, who are anxious for the route to return.

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