Fastjet in maiden flight to Vic Falls, plans $15 mln spend

Fastjet in maiden flight to Vic Falls, plans $15 mln spend

HARARE, October 29 (The Source) – Low cost airline Fastjet Zimbabwe made its maiden flight from the capital Harare to Victoria Falls on Wednesday, the day rival Flyafrica Zimbabwe had its licence cancelled by Zimbabwe’s aviation regulator.

The carrier, which was earlier this month granted an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, yesterday plied the Harare-Victoria falls route using its 144-passenger Airbus A319 jet aircraft, marking a new chapter in Zimbabwe’s tame aviation industry.

Fastjet — which is already serving parts of eastern and southern Africa and has pursued an acquisitive strategy to extend its reach — plans to “expand rapidly” and create a comprehensive network of domestic and regional destinations. Last year, it introduced flights on the Dar es Salaam-Harare route.

“Fastjet wants to bring Africa to Zimbabwe we have plans to expand our route network and establish flights between Harare and South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana and Democratic Republic of Congo,” chief executive Ed Winter said.

Winter said the company had plans to invest $15 million over the next three years.

The low cost airline will fly between Harare and Victoria Falls three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays with the flights expected to increase depending on the market’s response.