Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of European budget airline EasyJet, has announced plans to base his new low-cost carrier called FastJet in Africa.
“I am looking forward to being part of this new venture to bring low cost air travel to the people of Africa,” said Stelios. “Africa must now represent the final frontier of this aviation revolution which started in the US in the 70s and which I was proud to have led in Europe in the 90s.”
Stelios has signed a deal with investment company Rubicon to develop a budget airline in Africa. If the feasibility study proves successful, the airline will be launched under the Fastjet brand. Rubicon says that Stelios and his easyGroup management team will bring “significant airline experience” in the areas of operations, marketing, branding, IT, fleet selection and finance to the potential company.
A placeholder website has been set up at http://www.fastjet.com/ but no further details are currently available.