South Africa-based regional airline LIFT is set to triple its seat capacity in 2023, the airline’s CEO told the Independent Online Business Report (IOL).
In the interview, LIFT’s co-founder and chief executive officer, Jonathan Ayache confirmed that the airline will be adding more aircraft to its all-Airbus A320 fleet.
“Lift is adding four aircraft to its fleet, which has been done using flexible capacity that can easily be increased or decreased based on demand,” Ayache said.
Commenting on the airline having recently launched two domestic routes, Johannesburg-Durban and Durban-Cape Town, Ayache said the airline was on track to increase available seat capacity to roughly 1.5 million seats in 2023.
LIFT’s new routes, which were launched in October, accounted for up to 75% of the airline’s domestic passenger volumes during the festive season.
Based at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, South Africa, LIFT was established in October 2020 following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline operates a fleet of six Airbus A320-200 aircraft.