Velvet Sky was a low-cost carrier based at King Shaka International Airport in Durban, South Africa. The airline, which was launched in March 2011, was privately owned and operated domestic service to the major cities of South Africa. The carrier suspended services in Mar-2012.
Location of Velvet Sky main hub (Johannesburg Oliver R Tambo International Airport)
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South Africa has lost two airlines this year with the collapse of low-cost carrier 1time on 02-Nov-2012 and short lived LCC start-up Velvet Sky in Mar-2012. The demise of the smaller carriers has in effect returned the South African domestic market to a duopoly of South African Airways and Comair and their respective subsidiaries.
SAA dominates the market with its main brand supported by LCC subsidiary Mango and regional subsidiary SA Express. Comair operates a full-service British Airways franchise and competes in the LCC market with its Kulula brand. The two groups probably have until about the middle of 2013 to consolidate their positions in anticipation of an inevitable new entrant, likely to come from former 1time executives who appear to be planning to launch new LCC Skywise early in 2013.