FlySafair is set to launch new regional routes. Image: File / Supplied

Windhoek and Zanzibar flights on the map for budget carrier FlySafair

You could travel to Windhoek and Zanzibar with FlySafair in the future if the airline gets the go-ahead to operate flights on these two routes beyond the borders of SA.


FlySafair is set to launch new regional routes. Image: File / Supplied

The independently owned budget airline has been rising to new heights this year with route expansion and innovative offerings, while also having been voted best budget carrier on the continent in the Skytrax Airline Awards.


FlySafair has its sights set on two more destinations beyond the country’s borders.

FlySafair is keen to start up flights to Windhoek and Zanzibar but has not been able to secure approvals to operate flights on these routes. The collapse of Air Namibia and the absence of SAA and Mango flights on several routes has provided FlySafair with an opportunity to launch flights on routes that are underserved in terms of flight connectivity.

The delay in FlySafair launching flights on desired new routes is caused by the absence of an Air Services Licensing Council (ASLC) in the country. The ASLC regulates airline routes and manages airline route applications. The entity, which falls under the Department of Transport dissolved in March this year and has not reconstituted in over 7 months.


Earlier this year, before the disbanding of the Air Services Licensing Council (ASLC), FlySafair was granted approval to start up flights to Mauritius. The airline was forced to push back the launch of flights on the route due to local lockdown measures as well as Mauritius’ extended travel ban.

The carrier will launch flights between Johannesburg and the Indian Ocean island next month, just in time for the December holidays. With some luck, maybe next year, passengers will be able to travel with the airline to Zanzibar and Windhoek.

“We have previously applied for Zanzibar. We’ve also applied for Windhoek and we would love to be appointed as a carrier on that route. It supplements our network and should be a good addition. It fits well, traffic is thick enough, and the distance works well for our aircraft range,” Kirby Gordon, Chief Marketing Officer of FlySafair told Travel News.


The inability to reestablish air connectivity on certain routes is hampering economic recovery for South Africa and neighbouring countries. The International Air Transport Association, the body which regulates international aviation matters warned that not having a functioning entity that works toward promoting and enabling air route development blocks the region’s economic recovery.

“The prolonged absence of a functioning South African IASC (International Air Services Council  ) is exacerbating the crisis (COVID-19) by preventing new routes and competition, further curtailing options for international travellers, inhibiting trade and delaying the creation of jobs,” Kamil Al Awadhi, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa and Middle East, warned, as quoted in Travel News.