Fastjet today announced the launch of their third international destination after Johannesburg and Lusaka, the latter operated by Fastjet and flown in codeshare with Zambia’s ProFlight. From 05th of August will East Africa’s first real LCC operate every Tuesday and Saturday to Harare / Zimbabwe at a cost, subject to terms and conditions of prebookings, of US Dollars 50 per sector, PLUS TAXES AND REGULATORY FEES is should pointed out.
Already Tanzania’s number one airline in terms of passengers carried, does the third international destination also put Fastjet to the top of countries served from Tanzania, outpacing the competition which has invariably withdrawn from Johannesburg, Lusaka and Harare over the past years.
The news broke in a timely fashion as Fastjet is presently participating in the Routes Africa conference taking place incidentally in Victoria Falls where the carrier is represented by Mr. Richard Bodin who was recently appointed to the board of Fastjet PLC, a publicly listed company in the UK and the umbrella for the African operations.
Zimbabwe’s Transport Minister was quoted from the sidelines of the Routes Africa conference as having said: ‘The Government of Zimbabwe is delighted that Fastjet is expanding its international route network to include Harare and that in doing so is bringing its low-cost, reliable and safe service to the people of Zimbabwe. Fastjet’s entry into Zimbabwe demonstrates the Ministry of Transport’s on-going commitment to the improvement of our country’s aviation industry and to the development of trade relationships with our neighbours. We look forward to continuing our discussions with Fastjet regarding the airline’s further expansion in Zimbabwe’. The closing comment could indicate that once operations by FastJet in Zambia have commenced, that flights to Victoria Falls may also be on the cards at a future time, either from Dar es Salaam or from Lusaka.