Launch of Summer Flying Programme; Update on Routes & South Africa Launch - 16 May 2013

fastjet plc

("fastjet" or the "Company")

16 May 2013

Launch of Summer Flying Programme; Update on Routes & South Africa Launch

fastjet, Africa's low-cost airline, has put its summer flying programme on sale today and plans to resume flights on its Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar route in order to meet post rainy season demand from holidaymakers.

Further fastjet announces that services in South Africa are now planned to commence in early July with flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town going on sale shortly.

fastjet Chief Commercial Officer Richard Bodin said: 

"We are pleased to announce that our summer flying programme will commence on 1 July.  From today  thousands of our famous $20 one-way fares are available to customers booking travel for the summer period.  We continue to offer excellent value to those flying within East Africa ."

Richard Bodin added: "fastjet recognizes the very strong effect its flights will have on "in-bound" tourism in Tanzania with holidaymakers wanting to move from their Arusha safaris to Zanzibar's stunning beaches. We are already working with Tanzanian Tour Operators and Travel Agents to provide international visitors with access fastjet's safe, reliable and affordable service."

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About fastjet plc

fastjet plc is the holding company for African airline Fly540, which operates in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana and Angola. Flights under the fastjet brand commenced in Tanzania in November 2012. The airline has introduced Airbus A319s into its fleet and by adhering to international standards of safety, quality, security and reliability, fastjet has brought a new flying experience to the African market at unprecedented low prices . fastjet is implementing the low-cost model across Africa and its long-term strategy is to become the continent's first low-cost, pan-African airline.

 In the year to March 2013, fastjet and its subsidiaries carried almost 800,000 passengers, 50% more than a year previously and 99.2 per cent of its flights left on time with no cancellations. The results of a recent customer satisfaction survey showed that 100% of customers were likely to recommend fastjet to a friend.  In developing its strong brand and identity, fastjet has won and been nominated for a number of awards, including winning three Transform awards for the rebrand and launch of fastjet and   the award for "Brand Strategy of the Year" at the recent Drum Marketing Awards in London. 

Since the Company's first flight in November 2012, fastjet has flown over 100,000 passengers, 30% of whom have paid its lowest $20 one-way fares. It continues to deliver the highest standards of safety and performance, with an on-time departure rate of over 99%. In a recent customer satisfaction survey, 100% of customers questioned said they were likely to recommend fastjet to a friend.

fastjet plc is quoted on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market.

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Posted on 16th May 2013