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FlyWestaf moved a step closer to becoming Algeria’s first low-cost carrier on 18 August, when its application for an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) was formally received by the North African country’s civil aviation authority.
The start-up is headed by co-founders Chakib Ziani Cherif and Richard Powell, who are proposing to launch domestic passenger services with a fleet of De Havilland Dash 8 Q400s. Capital city Algiers will be the airline’s main operating base, with a secondary hub also being established in Tamanrasset, an oasis city in the far south of Algeria.
Longer-term, the business plan envisages subsidiaries or franchises being set up across West Africa – initially focusing on Gambia, the former British colony that has been without a domestic airline since 2014...