fastjet Zambia approval update - 9 January 2015

fastjet plc

("fastjet" or the "Company")

9th January 2015

fastjet Zambia approval update

fastjet, Africa’s low-cost airline, is pleased to announce that fastjet Zambia Ltd has received confirmation from the Zambian Civil Aviation Authority that it has successfully completed the critical 'Phase 1' of its application for an Air Operating Certificate (AOC) This is a  significant step towards the launch of fastjet operations in Zambia. The next stage of the AOC process, which is well underway, allows the authorities to evaluate fastjet Zambia’s planned company structure, gain first-hand understanding of fastjet’s Airbus aircraft and approve fastjet Zambia’s operational plan. 

Commenting on the news, Ed Winter, interim Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of fastjet plc, said: "The process to obtain permission to operate in Zambia is proceeding extremely well.  We have an excellent team in Zambia, who are working positively with the local authorities to complete the approval process as efficiently as possible.

“We look forward to bringing the high quality and low-cost fastjet operation to the people of Zambia soon".

Zambia will be fastjet's second base from which it plans to operate low-cost flights to various destinations in East and Southern Africa. Prices on regional routes from Zambia are currently very high, especially so where a monopoly operator controls the route. fastjet is confident that its low-cost model will stimulate the market.

fastjet intends to announce its passenger statistics for December 2014 on 12 January 2015.

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About fastjet plc

fastjet plc is the holding company of the low cost airline fastjet which commenced flights under the fastjet brand in Tanzania in November 2012.  The airline introduced Airbus A319s into its fleet.  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.  fastjet plc is also the holding company of Fly540, which operates in Ghana and Angola.
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.

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

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Posted on 9th January 2015