fastjet flies to SA, eyes more routes

Low-cost carrier, fastjet Zimbabwe, will begin international flights to Johannesburg next month from Harare and Victoria Falls as it expands its pan-African network.


The launch of the routes comes after fastjet Zimbabwe received clearance from the Zimbabwean and South African governments to operate flights between the two countries.

Flights on the Harare-Johannesburg route will start on February I on a daily basis with an additional daily flight expected to be made if demand increases.

Flights from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg will initially be three times a week on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays commencing on February 3.

Ed Lanca, director of flight operations at fastjet Zimbabwe yesterday said the Harare-Johannesburg route has “been the most anticipated by the travelling public for months”.


Asked whether the airline was ready for intense competition on the route, Lanca said the airline was not in the business of entering into pricing wars.

“We believe 40% of our customers are first time fliers.”

Chief pilot Joe Mparuri weighed in saying: “The low cost model is a volumes game for us.”

The low-cost carrier said it expects fastjet Zimbabwe to receive approval for additional international flights to commence from Zimbabwe to further East and Southern Africa markets within the first quarter of 2016.

The flights to South Africa will create a comprehensive fastjet Zimbabwe network of international destinations to complement its domestic routes.

“When fastjet Zimbabwe’s first flight took off just 12 weeks ago to Victoria Falls from Harare, we promised that we would make air travel more accessible than ever before, and today’s announcement is a further significant step in fulfilling that promise,” Lanca said.

Over the course of the next three years, fastjet Zimbabwe expects to invest about $15 million and employ approximately 200 people directly, with hundreds more employed in secondary services such as fuel, catering, and cleaning to support the airline.

3 Responses to fastjet flies to SA, eyes more routes

  1. Nkosinathi Mhlophe January 19, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

    I really wonder whether it’s really worth it flying low cost airlines especially after Fly Africa airlime disappeared into thin air with people’s monies.i am still waiting for my refund and wonder whether we will get our money.i would rather raise money and fly SAA or Air Zim than these mafikizolo flights

  2. garikayi January 20, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

    True that is. Better fly SAA, Air Zim or British Airways. These fly by night airlines are dubious.

  3. Karen Roma January 27, 2016 at 12:24 am #

    Guys fastjet is not fly by night, they have a big operation in Tanzania, from what l understand they are a sister company of easyjet in Europe. I flew with fastjet to Victoria falls last months….. Wow is all l can say, clean new aircraft, very elegant slim friendly cabin crew ( not overweight like Air Zim), I was made to feel special. Well done fastjet l look forward to my next flight…….

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