Fastjet, the low-cost pan-African airline, has announced that it will commence flights to Victoria Falls from Johannesburg on March 25 in response to strong passenger and tour operator demand from within the South African market. Services between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport and Victoria Falls International Airport will operate using fastjet’s modern Airbus A319 jet aircraft with seating for up to 156 passengers.Initially operating twice a week on Fridays and Sundays, fastjet’s flights will depart Victoria Falls at 1240 and land in Johannesburg at 1415, with a flight time of 1 hour 35 minutes.
The return flight from Johannesburg departs at 1455 and lands in Victoria Falls at 1635.
Tickets for the Victoria Falls flights from Johannesburg are on sale immediately, with fastjet advising passengers to book early to take advantage of its lowest priced fares of ZAR1,939 one-way, which includes all government and airport taxes.
To promote its newest international route, fastjet will provide a discount of R510 for any tickets booked before March 25 for travel from March 25 to October 30 2016. To earn this discount customers will need to use the promo code JET30.
“fastjet believes 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 tourism drawcard to the region,” said Ed Lanca, director of Flight Operations at fastjet Zimbabwe.
“Launching this route between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg makes it more affordable for South Africans to visit the area’s many sights and attractions.”
“Prior to announcing these flights to Victoria Falls, fastjet had detailed discussions with South African and Zimbabwean tour operators in order to deliver suitable flight components to include in packaged tour offerings.
“We will rely on continued support from the travel agents and tour operators due to the destinations’ strong tourism attractions,” said Mr Lanca.
“fastjet Zimbabwe wants to bring Africa to Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe to Africa. Affordable air travel is key to Zimbabwe’s economic growth, particularly in the tourism sector.
“We continue to work closely with Government and civil aviation stakeholders to bring low-cost air travel to Zimbabwe for this very reason,” said Mr Lanca.
“The commencement of this new route supports the vision of Zimbabwean Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi to grow the country’s tourism sector by in the 2015 /2016 financial year and beyond,” continued Mr Lanca.