Passenger statistics for September 2015 - 5 October 2015

fastjet Plc
("fastjet" or the “Company”)
5 October 2015
fastjet Passenger Statistics for September 2015

fastjet operations in Tanzania carried a total of 76,595 passengers in September 2015 and achieved a load factor of 64%.  Compared with the same month last year, the number of passengers carried has increased by 33%.
Month on month, capacity on the fastjet route network rose by 15%. The Company’s fourth aircraft joined the fastjet Tanzania fleet on 1 September allowing for the introduction of daily flights between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg. On 14 September, the frequency of flights on other routes increased with 5 daily flights to Mwanza and 4 daily flights to Kilimanjaro now offered from Dar es Salaam as well as daily flights from Kilimanjaro to Mwanza, Lusaka and Harare.


Punctuality for the month remained excellent, with 93% of flights arriving on time Note 3.


Ed Winter, fastjet Chief Executive Officer, said: “As outlined in our interim results statement on 28 September, difficult trading conditions in Tanzania have placed pressure on revenues and load factors.  In light of this, and a significant increase in capacity, we are pleased to have achieved a load factor of 64%.

“I am also delighted to report that we are in the final stages of the Air Operator Certificate application process in Zimbabwe, with the demonstration flight having been completed on 30 September.”


Month ending                     September 2015         September 2014   Change
Passengers Note 1              76,595                        57,709                   33%
Load Factor Note 2              64%                            74%                       -10pp
Rolling 12 months ending   September 2015       September 2014  Change
Passengers Note 1              777,325                       513,132                52%


Notes:
1. “Passengers” are sold seats flown, excluding infants.  fastjet bookings are generally non-refundable.
2. “Load Factor” is the number of “passengers” as a percentage of the number of available seats flown.
3. “on time” – arrival earlier than or within 15 minutes of schedule (excludes cancelled flights).


For more information, contact:

UK media - Citigate Dewe Rogerson                                                         Tel: +44 (0) 20 7638 9571
Angharad Couch 
Eleni Menikou 
Nick Hayns 
 
South African media - Tribeca Public Relations                                        Tel:  +27 (0) 11 208 5500
Cian Mac Eochaidh 
Kelly Webster 
 
For investor enquiries please contact: 
 
Liberum Capital Limited – Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker               Tel:  +44 (0) 20 3100 2222
Clayton Bush 
Christopher Britton 
 
W.H. Ireland Ltd.– Joint Broker                                                                 Tel: +44 (0) 20 7220 1666
James Joyce                
Mark Leonard 
 
Sanlam Securities UK Limited – Joint Broker                                           Tel:  +44 (0) 20 7628 2200
Simon Clements/Ken Williams 


NOTES TO EDITORS

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. 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. Utilising its fleet of Airbus A319s, 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.

The results of a 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, the award for "Brand Strategy of the Year" at 2014’s Drum Marketing Awards in London, and the Transport Innovator Award at the 8th Transport Africa Awards 2015 in Johannesburg.

fastjet Plc is quoted on the London Stock Exchange's AIM Market.

For more information see www.fastjet.com

Posted on 5th October 2015