Fast­jet to sus­pend flights on 3 routes

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Harare Bureau

LOW cost pan-Africa air­line, fast­jet, will from De­cem­ber 5, sus­pend flights on three routes in­clud­ing Johannesburg/Vic­to­ria Falls ser­vice, to con­tain costs.

Sus­pen­sion of the Johannesburg/Vic­to­ria Falls flights comes as the air­line will also stop flights be­tween Dar es Salaam, Tan­za­nia and En­tebe, Uganda as well as the Tan­za­nian cap­i­tal city and Nairobi, Kenya.

fast­jet started flights be­tween Johannesburg and the re­sort town of Vic­to­ria falls in March cit­ing strong de­mand by pas­sen­gers and tour op­er­a­tors.

Flight ser­vices be­tween OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port and the Vic­to­ria Falls In­ter­na­tional Air­port were being op­er­ated us­ing the air­line’s mod­ern Air­bus A319 jet air­craft, which has a seat­ing for up to 156 peo­ple.

fast­jet ear­lier said that it be­lieved that af­ford­able air travel was key to con­tin­ued growth of tourism be­tween Zim­babwe and its south­ern neigh­bour.

Vic­to­ria Falls had long been es­tab­lished as a tourism draw card to the re­gion.

The route be­tween Vic­to­ria Falls and Johannesburg came less than two months af­ter the low cost air­line in­tro­duced flights be­tween Harare and Vic­to­ria Falls, and its first in­ter­na­tional ser­vice from Harare to Johannesburg.

When launch­ing the Johannesburg ser­vice the bud­get air­line said it would fly twice a week on Fri­days and Sun­days with the flights tak­ing a time of 1 hour 35 min­utes.

But fast­jet said it had sus­pended flights on the three routes in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate on­go­ing turn­around pro­gramme in pur­suit of long term sus­tain­able fi­nan­cial struc­tures for its businesses in Tan­za­nia and Zim­babwe.

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