fastjet’s first flight between Johannesburg in South Africa and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe took to the skies on 25 March 2016, marking an important milestone in the pan-African airline’s growth plans.
The flight was fastjet’s first international route from Victoria Falls and was launched in response to strong passenger and tour operator demand from within the South African market.
fastjet has been engaging with South African tour operators to deliver inclusive packages to encourage more South African visitors to fly to Victoria Falls, to enjoy the many adventure and safari activities available.
Flights will depart Victoria Falls at 12h40 and land in Johannesburg at 14h15, with a flight time of 1 hour 35 minutes. The return flight from Johannesburg departs at 14h55 and lands in Victoria Falls at 16h35.
“The Zimbabwean government has invested a substantial US$150 million in upgrading Victoria Falls International Airport, with the intention of it becoming a gateway to central and Southern Africa,” says Richard Bodin, fastjet Chief Commercial Officer.
“fastjet has already enjoyed the benefits of the upgrade to this magnificent airport with our domestic flights between Harare and Victoria Falls, and we are looking forward to introducing international visitors to its world-class facilities,” he says.
fastjet advises passengers to book early to take advantage of its lowest priced fares of ZAR1939 one-way, which includes all government and airport taxes. These fares are significantly lower than those charged by airlines currently operating direct flights between the two countries.
“We believe that affordable air travel is key to the continued growth of tourism between Zimbabwe and South Africa, with Victoria Falls being long established as a drawcard for tourists from Southern Africa, and elsewhere in the world,” says Bodin.
“We expect many of our passengers on this route to be first-time visitors to Victoria Falls, who would otherwise not have been able to afford to travel to what is a popular holiday destination for Southern Africans.”
Supporting this expectation is research undertaken by fastjet showing that more than one third of its passengers were first time flyers only able to afford air travel for the first time by choosing to fly on the airline.
This new route between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg follows closely on the success of fastjet’s route launches between Harare and Victoria Falls, and Harare and Johannesburg.
fastjet recently increased the frequency of its flights from Harare to Johannesburg and now offers double daily flights on each day of the week, apart from the weekend, making a total of 24 flights per week between the two cities.