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Airline Welcomes Zimbabwe Open Skies

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe – Low-cost airline fastjet has welcomed a statement by Zimbabwe’s Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Patrick Chinamasa, that the country is opening its skies to “any airline that wants to fly as many times as possible.”

The opening of Zimbabwe’s skies positions the country as a leading nation in the early implementation of the African Union’s Yamoussoukro Decision, the open skies vision of the African continent. In support of Zimbabwe, fastjet intends to play a growing role in promoting tourism into Zimbabwe as well as regional and domestic affordable travel.

“This is very good news for Zimbabwe,” said fastjet Zimbabwe spokesperson Faith Chaitezvi, “and fastjet intends to grow its network over time to enable affordable inbound and domestic travel for everyone.” She added that flights between Bulawayo and Harare are at the top of fastjet’s agenda along with plans to fly to other areas of the country as the airline’s fleet grows. The carrier plans to engage with authorities as soon as this week to shape plans. “fastjet intends to serve both inbound connecting traffic as well as promote domestic travel as our destinations in Zimbabwe grow. We are committed to promoting tourism in Zimbabwe.”

The airline is presently running a campaign in South Africa to further promote regional tourism to Zimbabwe and recently implemented an interline agreement with Emirates whereby connecting traffic from Harare should increase onward travel to new and existing fastjet destinations. “fastjet will work with all role players to build positively on the significant impact that open skies hold for the Zimbabwean economy.” In other markets where open skies have been implemented, economic benefits have included substantial growth in tourism, economic activity and job creation.

About fastjet: A multi-award winning (including Skytrax World Airline Awards Best Low-Cost Airline in Africa 2017) low-cost African airline for everyone that began flight operations in Tanzania in November 2012, flying passengers from Dar es Salaam to just two domestic destinations – Kilimanjaro and Mwanza. Today, fastjet’s route network includes Tanzanian domestic routes from its Dar es Salaam base to Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, and Mwanza, and international routes from Tanzania to Lusaka in Zambia and Harare in Zimbabwe. fastjet also began flight operations from its Zimbabwe base in October 2015, and now flies domestically from Harare to Victoria Falls and internationally from both Harare and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg in South Africa. The airline has flown over 2.5 million passengers with an impressive aggregate 94% on-time performance, establishing itself as a punctual, reliable, and affordable low-cost carrier.

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