Fastjet Zimbabwe, today 29 May 2020 announces an encouraging accomplishment for the airline with their participation in the first mission-specific repatriation charter between Zimbabwe and South Africa, completed during the current COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The airline acknowledges and commends the success to the commitment, and unwavering support received from the respective Ministries, Authorities, Agencies and delegations’ staff in assisting stranded nationals from both countries to return safely home. The fastjet team is appreciative of the guidance, willingness and team spirit displayed by all during the preparation for the flight and day of travel activities.
The airline’s first flight departed this morning at 10h55 from Harare, Robert Mugabe International Airport to Johannesburg, OR Tambo International Airport, with a total of 13 South African Nationals onboard, arriving safely at 12h29. The return flight departed shortly hereafter from Johannesburg carrying 25 Nationals and Permanent residents of Zimbabwe, the youngest of which was an infant, slightly over the tender age of two weeks old. All passengers completed prescribed health checks, tracing and registration before their respective departures,
Passengers destined for travel to Harare were transported from the Zimbabwe Embassy in Johannesburg with pre-arranged and dedicated ground transport to the airport. On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport passengers were met by the relevant authorities and fastjet representatives, who facilitated the customer experience from this point following COVID19 mandatory symptom testing for all passengers before entering the airport terminal; until the flight departure.
The passengers on arrival in both Johannesburg and Harare were met by the assigned authorities ensuring stringent facilitation of all repatriated passengers at this handover point.
Fastjet Zimbabwe is continuing discussions with the relevant regulators and authorities for additional repatriation flight arrangements between Zimbabwe & South Africa and vice versa for the week commencing 07 June 2020. Pending the required approvals, customers may register their interest for these flights by submitting an email to [email protected].
In the meantime, the airline’s scheduled network operation remains highly dependent on the lockdown travel restrictions and opening of borders in this context. The fastjet team remains mobilised to welcome all customers on board its aircraft as soon as possible and in complete safety and reiterates its commitment to assist as many stranded Zimbabwean and South African travellers.