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Airtime Airlines again failed to take off on their maiden flight from Durban to Johannesburg.
The chairman of Air Services Licensing Council Ahmed Bassa said Airtime had not officially approached the council for a licence to fly.
"The council's next meeting is on February 18. They need to have all contracts ready before they approach us or they will not get the licence," he said.
Bassa said there were a lot of legal contracts involved and that it was unlikely that the airline would meet this month's deadline. He said that the council had meetings every month and the airline knew about them
Airports Company South Africa spokesman Solomon Makgale said ACSA learnt on Friday, through the Department of Transport, that Airtime Airlines did not have a licence to operate.
"We have indicated to them that they need to ensure they meet all requirements including obtaining a licence," he said.
Makgale said before ACSA heard about the non-existent flying licence, the discussions between ACSA and Airtime were at an advanced stage. The discussions regarded operating flights between OR Tambo Airport and Durban.