FROM: FASTJET ZIMBABWE | CORPORATE COMMUNICATION
DATE: 28 MAY 2020 | JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA | 17:00
RE: FASTJET MISSION SPECIFIC REPATRIATION CHARTER
HARARE, ZIMBABWE |Fastjet Zimbabwe today announced, the airline’s submission to operate a mission specific charter flight in support of the repatriation needs of both Zimbabwean and South African Nationals, for travel between Harare & Johannesburg and vice versa, on Friday 29 May 2020 has met with final approvals from the relevant authorities in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
This first repatriation flight arrangement is wholly intended for Nationals and permanent residents of both countries presently stranded who are returning home. This arrangement is a demonstration of the excellent cooperation and relations between the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Republic of South Africa.
The airline acknowledges and expresses gratitude to the respective ministries and delegations’, the Aviation Authorities of Zimbabwe and South Africa, and staff of both countries for the collaboration and unwavering support demonstrated and provided to the airline.
Fastjet Zimbabwe Accountable Manager, Mr. Ed Berry, stated, “All repatriation flight arrangements are in full compliance with the lockdown regulations for Zimbabwe and South Africa and are coordinated with the relevant authorities and our service partners with full adherence to the prescribed industry and regulator safety standards introduced for COVID19. Over the last few weeks, we have had many customers reach out to us asking for our assistance in helping them return home, and we are pleased that this is now becoming a reality”.
The flights scheduled to operate this Friday, 29 May are fully subscribed to, however, 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 onboard its aircraft as soon as possible and in complete safety and reiterates its commitment to assist as many stranded Zimbabwean and South African travellers.
Fastjet is a multi-award-winning African value airline that began flight operations in 2012. Its awards include, Leading African Low-Cost Carrier World Travel Awards 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and Skytrax World Airline Awards Best Low-Cost Airline in Africa 2017 and 2019. Today, fastjet connects the three major cities in Zimbabwe by flying between Harare & Victoria Falls, Harare & Bulawayo and Bulawayo & Victoria Falls. Internationally the airline offers flights from Harare & Bulawayo to Johannesburg. Since commencing operations fastjet has flown over 3.5 million passengers and has established itself as a punctual, reliable, and affordable low-cost carrier, with value-added services inclusive of free baggage allowance(s), airport lounge access, dedicated check-in and more according to the new fare attributes introduced across their network.