30 JUNE 2014
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A new African budget airline has launched with a plan to offer very low fares between Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Based in Harare, Zimbabwe, flyafrica.com plans to offer one-way flights from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg for just 99 Rand excluding taxes and fuel surcharges. However, the airline has gone on record in local media to claim it plans to “start a revolution within the travel industry by scrapping fuel surcharges.” The airline’s Adrian Hamilton-Manns said: "Fuel surcharges are simply double charging by airlines to hide the true cost of travel. We will never apply a fuel surcharge."
The airline’s first flight is scheduled to begin on July 23 and it will operate the Vic Falls-Jo’burg route on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays for the first four weeks, after which it will "expand operations."
Zimbabwe flyafrica, a joint venture between nu.com, a Zimbabwe-based infrastructure company and Flyafrica Ltd, a private equity aviation investment group, is the first airline of the flyafrica.com group to launch. The airline has been launched with a single Boeing 737-500 aircraft but hopes are high that the fleet will rapidly expand if the expected demand materialises.
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