African budget airline Fastjet has been forced to delay today’s launch of its first international flight to South Africa.

The postponement of the service from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Johannesburg was blamed on “unexpected administrative delays”.

This was caused by the South African department of transport which this week made a “very late” request for additional documentation, the airline said.

The transport department has said it will take several days to process the documents.

“The delayed launch of this route is not expected to have any material effect on the financial performance of Fastjet Tanzania,” the airline said.

Chief executive Ed Winter said: “This postponement is very disappointing. Unfortunately however, administrative delays of this nature are not unusual in the markets in which we operate.”