8 FEBRUARY 2016
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In what is seen as a major step forward Fastjet has expanded its pan-African credentials by launching daily flights linking Zimbabwe and South Africa.
On 1 February the airline made its inaugural flight between Harare and Johannesburg marking the low-cost airline’s newest international route in Africa.
Welcoming the aircraft back to Harare for an official launch ceremony Richard Bodin, the airline's chief commercial officer, said: “Today’s flight is an important milestone in fastjet's route expansion and is a result of working closely with the governments and civil aviation authorities of Zimbabwe and South Africa to bring affordable, reliable, safe, and on-time flights between the two countries.”
Up until now the route has been dominated by South African Airways with up to five flights daily, and also Air Zimbabwe with a single operation.
fastjet, will initially operate a single Airbus A319 return flight but expects to add services as the route develops.
The airline also announced that it intends launching Victoria Falls and to Johannesburg in the near future.
The impact of the fastjet flights between Johannesburg and Harare has already been considerable, demonstrated by the fact that fares on competing airlines flying the routes have dropped by as much as 40% since the airline announced plans for services between South Africa and Zimbabwe. www.fastjet.com
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