African low-cost carrier Fastjet is delaying plans to expand into Zambia as part of a review of services.
The airline’s application for an air operators’ certificate in Zambia has been put back until the end of the year, pending further review of its network.
Today’s announcement followed Fastjet issuing a profits warning last month citing “challenging market conditions” affecting the African aviation sector.
The airline said: “Further to the trading and operational update in March 2016, and as part of the company’s rationalisation of its routes to match current demand with capacity, Fastjet has decided to delay its application for a Zambian AOC, to Q4 2016.”
Tanzania-based Fastjet will continue to operate international services three times a week between Dar es Salaam and the Zambian capital of Lusaka on a circular route that also includes Harare in Zimbabwe.
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