Fastjet increases Zimbabwe flights


(Posted 19th June 2017)

Fastjet has increased the number of flights on its route between Johannesburg and Harare, and launched a fifth seasonal flight from Harare to Victoria Falls, in response to strong passenger demand.

On its route between Johannesburg and Harare, fastjet will now offer up to three daily return flights with effect from 01st of July 2017.

This represents an addition of 12 flights per week on this strategic route between the two cities, providing passengers added flexibility to manage their diaries – a particularly important consideration for business travellers who travel this route frequently.

Due to seasonal demand, fastjet has also added a fifth weekly flight on Mondays between 17th of July and 11th of September on its route between Harare and Victoria Falls. This is to a large part possible due to the departure of the way too large Airbus A319s to the smaller ERJ145 on the route.

By offering a total of 50 flights per week to and from Zimbabwe with the newly announced schedule, Fastjet will be taking people places and offering passengers more convenient travel options – whether for business of leisure – at affordable fares.

Fastjet has realised considerable success in attracting travellers to its service between Johannesburg and Harare as well as domestically between Harare and Victoria Falls‘ said Hein Kaiser, Fastjet’s spokesperson before adding: ‘The addition of the fifth seasonal flight from Harare to Victoria Falls also provides our passengers with increased travel option choices to visit the Falls during one if its peak seasons, when its water is at its lowest‘.

Tickets for the additional flights to and from Johannesburg are already on sale, with one-way fares to Harare starting from R1 333, including taxes and airport charges.

Fastjet recently elected to quote all-inclusive fares on its Zimbabwean routes, and suggests that travellers book 21 days in advance of their intended departure date to take advantage of its best priced, all-inclusive fares.

Kaiser tried to explain the move, something the airline in the past rejected to do in East Africa despite regular complaints, when he said: ‘Our all-inclusive price makes it simpler and more transparent for our passengers to choose and book their flights. Fastjet shows one price for the passenger flight without highlighting fees and taxes separately‘.

Finally comes to mind with the airline seeing the light and introducing showcasing their ticket cost as it the case in Europe and much of the rest of Africa.

Seconded to Fastjet by Solenta Aviation, the new major shareholder since early this year, is the low cost carrier now using Embraer E145 regional jets before later in the year the last of the erstwhile 5 Airbus A319 will leave the fleet and be replaced by newer and much more cost effective Embraer E190 aircraft to be deployed in Tanzania.