Africa’s low-cost pan-African airline, fastjet, said it has been granted an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ). The AOC designates fastjet Zimbabwe Limited as a Zimbabwean airline licensed to operate both domestic and international routes within and from Zimbabwe. fastjet Zimbabwe is now the second airline in the fastjet network.
fastjet Zimbabwe obtained its Air Service Licence in March 2015 and has since been working with CAAZ to obtain the AOC, which has been granted. The process involved an in depth review of fastjet Zimbabwe’s safety management system, operational manuals and structures, its senior staff, its fleet, maintenance facilities and technical capability.
The government will now designate fastjet Zimbabwe as a Zimbabwean airline on international routes to a number of East and Southern African countries. fastjet Zimbabwe plans to expand rapidly, creating a comprehensive network of domestic and regional destinations.
Seats will be put on sale on October 7 for the first fastjet Zimbabwe route, linking Harare to Victoria Falls initially three times a week. Fares start at $20 exclusive of taxes for a one way flight.
fastjet Chief Executive Officer Ed Winter said that adding a second fastjet airline to their network is an incredibly significant milestone on our path to becoming the most successful pan African low cost airline.
“We recognised the real potential in Zimbabwe some time ago and have been working hard together with the relevant authorities towards this momentous day. With their support we are now in a position to launch our Zimbabwean operation. “In Tanzania we have become the airline of choice, with an enviable operational reputation and market leading fares. I am confident that, with our proven low-cost model, we can replicate this success in Zimbabwe.”