Fastjet on recruitment drive

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FASTJET Zimbabwe, the country’s upcoming low-cost airline, has embarked on a recruitment drive as it prepares for its maiden flight.

BY OUR STAFF

In a statement yesterday, the airline’s chief commercial officer Richard Bodin said they were currently scouting for a pilot, cabin crew, ground operations staff, operations and dispatch supervisors.

“We were highly impressed with the calibre of applicants interested in coming to work for our new airline,” Bodin said.

“We are looking forward to working with the people of Zimbabwe to build a reputation for Fastjet Zimbabwe as a friendly, customer-focused airline that offers an affordable and reliable service to its passengers.”

Bodin said the airline directly employed 200 workers in Tanzania, adding they were planning to have a similar staff complement in Zimbabwe.

The recruitment drive comes after the company was granted an air service permit in March this year by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe.

Bodin said Fastjet Zimbabwe was now focused on submitting the remaining necessary documents to complete the application process for an air operating certificate. He said once they got the certificate, the airline would immediately commence domestic flights covering Harare, Victoria Falls and Bulawayo.

He said Fastjet Zimbabwe had plans to launch regional routes plying Harare-Johannesburg, Harare-Cape Town, Harare-Nairobi and Harare-Lusaka.

Bodin said one-way domestic fares on Fastjet Zimbabwe would start from $20 and one-way international flights would cost as little as $50 for early bookings, excluding airport and government taxes.

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“These affordable fares are similar to those offered by Fastjet Tanzania and have resulted in the airline being named the cheapest low-cost carrier in Africa by flight comparison site, WhichAirline.com.”

“We have worked closely with the Zimbabwean government in our investment plans to establish Fastjet Zimbabwe, collaborating with all parties concerned to build a new airline that will create jobs and grow the aviation sector in the country,” said Bodin.

“Fastjet Zimbabwe will also make it easier for the people of Zimbabwe and its neighbours to do business, visit their friends and family, or enjoy leisure travel.

“Affordable air travel is key to the growth of economies across Africa — including Zimbabwe — and particularly in the business and tourism sectors. Our low-cost strategy is to make air travel more accessible to more people to grow the aviation market and make it possible for more Zimbabweans to experience air travel.”

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  2. Something seems funny in this airline business.

    A few years ago, in 2015, there an extensive press coverage on an indigenous company, SOL AIR, wanting to commence domestic and international passenger services out of Harare. It was reported that SOL AIR had spent close to a million dollars setting up, with all government approvals, only for the Ministry of Transport to turn around end claim that those routes were reserved for Air Zimbabwe. SOL AIR incurred heavy loses as a result of that.

    Now it appears there is an influx of foreign airlines being fronted by locals, being granted all those routes which were denied SOL AIR at the onset.

    Does it mean that the government of Zimbabwe, which preaches economic empowerment to the locals, actually does lip service while clandestinely promoting foreign interests at the expense of locals????

    What then were the reasons for denying SOL AIR the rights to fly those routes, yet foreign companies are being allowed before they even set up shop??? Where are the parliamentarians in light of all this, and how are the people who incurred huge loses in SOL AIR expected to recover????

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