Posted on: 25 March 2015 by Ross McSweeny
fastjet has received an Air Service Permit (ASP) from the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ), moving one step closer to gaining an Air Operating Certificate (AOC).
“We recognised the real potential in Zimbabwe some time ago and as such have been working with the authorities both to build fastjet Zimbabwe and obtain permission to commence operations to various domestic and international destinations from the country,” stated Ed Winter, fastjet’s CEO. “The granting of the ASP demonstrates the ever-increasing reputation that fastjet has built across the region and marks a significant step forward for our business.”
Receiving an ASP means that the CAAZ and the Ministry of Transport have approved the business plan, aircraft choice and proposed structure of the planned airline as appropriate to operate and compliant with Zimbabwe regulations.
“fastjet has identified many potential routes within and from Zimbabwe where it believes that the low-cost model will stimulate the market and tap into the huge market of passengers currently travelling by bus,” continued Winter. “For example there are as many as 100 buses a day travelling the 1,100km between Harare and Johannesburg at fares up to $120 – return.”