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South Africa,Tanzania,Zambia,Zimbabwe : FASTJET to launch new flights to ZIMBABWE involving SOUTH AFRICA soon.

The African low-cost carrier fastjet on Monday has made an announcement on its strategy to launch new flights for international routes involving the Zimbabwean destinations of Harare and Victoria Falls with Johannesburg in South Africa from next month.

The carrier has disclosed that it has obtained clearance from the Governments of Zimbabwe and South Africa to manage flight operations amid the two African nations, following which it has planned these newest international routes from Johannesburg to Harare and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

fastjet has announced that it will deploy its modern 144-seat Airbus A319 aircraft to operate the return flights from Harare International Airport and Victoria Falls International Airport to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

The airline has revealed in a statement that it will launch the once-daily flight route between Johannesburg and Harare on February 1, 2016, with immediate plans to deploy one more daily flight on this route as well.

fastjet has disclosed that the thrice-weekly Johannesburg- Victoria Falls route will be inaugurated on February 3, 2016, and the services will offered on every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

The airline will start ticket sale for the new routes in the current week.

fastjet has directed passengers to reserve their seats at the earliest to make use of its lowest fares on the two routes that will be available for just R1 340 ($80) one-way.

The ticket fares, however, does not include the government and airport taxes (R837 $50 leaving Zimbabwe / R586 $35 departing South Africa.

At start, fastjet will operate the flights from Harare at 06:15 (local time) every day and arrive in the South African destination of Johannesburg at 07:55 (local time). The Harare-Johannesburg route will be covered in 100 minutes.

The flights will return to Harare at 10:15 (local time) after leaving Johannesburg at 08:40 (local time).

Both Victoria Falls International Airport in Zimbabwe and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg are yet to make confirmation on the slots and schedules for the flights between the South African and Zimbabwean airports.

fastjets 3rd and 4th international routes from South Africa will be respectively Harare and Victoria Falls, while the 1st and 2nd being Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar respectively.

The African budget airline has also revealed that it is hopeful of obtaining consent for launching more flights on global routes from Zimbabwe to further East and Southern Africa markets by Q1, 2016.

The Chief Commercial Officer of fastjet Richard Bodin stated, The only alternative to flying is to undertake long and uncomfortable journeys by road, which can take up to 20 hours from Johannesburg to Harare or Victoria Falls."

He added, "As has been the case with other routes that we have launched, we expect many of our passengers to be first time flyers who, because of prohibitively high fares, could not afford to travel by air previously."

According to fastjets recent research report, first time flyers account for as much as 40% of all passengers across routes who are now capable of paying for air the tickets for the first time.

The carrier will offer option for luggage upgrading, Freighty, on these routes intended for facilitating travelers to carry a maximum of 80kg of checked-in baggage.

It is anticipated that the Freighty luggage option will be liked by trading community traveling with fastjet, as they will be able to buy wholesale produce in Johannesburg to take the same back to their home markets for selling purposes.

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Date:Jan 20, 2016
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