LOW cost airline, fastjet Zimbabwe resumed daily flights of the Harare-Johannesburg route on Monday, adding to its recently launched service into Victoria Falls, which was started late last year.
fastjet operates three weekly frequencies into Victoria Falls from Harare, in addition to flights into Tanzania.
“Today’s flight is an important milestone in fastjet’s route expansion and is a result of working closely with the government and civil aviation authorities of Zimbabwe and South Africa to bring affordable, reliable, safe, an on-time flights between the two countries,” said Ed Lanca, director of flight operations at fastjet Zimbabwe.
Lanca said introductory fares on the route were US$80, excluding taxes (US$50 departing Zimbabwe or US$35 departing South Africa).
He said the airline will be operating an Airbus A319 plan on the route.
“The launch of the Harare/Johannesburg flights kick-starts a new era of choice for passengers who have either been forced to pay prohibitively high fares on the flights between the two cities, or were compelled to travel by road on a journey that could take up to 20 hours to complete. fastjet will intitailly operate on the route once daily on its modern Airbus A319 jet aircraft, with an additional daily flight expected to be quickly added as consumer demand increases,” Lanca added.
London headquartered budget carrier, fastjet Zimbabwe is consolidating operations on the cash-spinning Harare-Victoria Falls routes, where it has knocked prices, used impressive aircraft and offered generous luggage incentives to fly passengers that include ‘first time fliers’.
fastjet Zimbabwe has been reshaping the country’s flying culture, offering fares as low as US$20 against AirZim’s fares of about US$300 on the same routes, after it entered the domestic market last year.
“Our objective is to make air travel between Zimbabwe and South Africa more accessible than ever before. The only alternative to flying is to undertake long and uncomfortable journeys by road, which can take up to 20 hours from Harare to Johannesburg,” says Lanca.
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