Posted on: 29 March 2016 by Mark Howells
fastjet’s has performed its first flight between Johannesburg in South Africa and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe – an important milestone in the airline’s pan-African 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.Services between Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport and Victoria Falls International Airport operate twice a week on Fridays and Sundays, using Airbus A319 aircraft with seating for up to 144 passengers.Flights depart Victoria Falls at 12:40 and land in Johannesburg at 14:15, with a flight time of 1 hour 35 minutes. The return flight from Johannesburg departs at 14:55 and lands in Victoria Falls at 16:35.“The Zimbabwean government has invested a substantial $150 million in upgrading Victoria Falls International Airport, with the intention of it becoming a gateway to central and Southern Africa,” remarked Richard Bodin, fastjet’s 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.“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,” Bodin added. 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.