By Staff Writer
AFRICA’S budget carrier Fastjet Zimbabwe has announced that it will suspend flights for 21 days as part of efforts to starve off the spread of the coronavirus.
In an announcement on Tuesday, Fastjet Zimbabwe advised that the last flights will be on Thursday this week, and the suspension will be for 21 days.
It becomes the latest airline to suspend flights into or from Zimbabwe, after Emirates announced a similar move two weeks ago over Covid-19.
Fastjet Zimbabwe said its last flights will be on Thursday this week.
“Fastjet Zimbabwe announced today (Tuesday) that as a result of the latest measures introduced in Zimbabwe and South Africa to control the spread of COVID-19, all Fastjet flight operations shall be suspended from Friday 27 March until Thursday 16 April 2020, both days fully inclusive,” said Fastjet. It said it will offer free re-booking assistance to affected passengers, and there will be no fare increase.
“Further announcements and information will be shared via our website ‘Travel Update’ section and social media channels. Changes to the trading hours for our call centre and sales shops will be updated as and when applicable.”
Since commencing operations a few years ago, Fastjet Zimbabwe has flown over 3.5 million passengers and curved out a niche as an affordable low-cost carrier.
Currently it runs 114 flights per week, flying to destinations such as Bulawayo, Harare, Victoria Falls and South Africa.
Meanwhile, Fastjet Zimbabwe previously said trading in the first two months of 2020 was slightly below expectations caused mainly by too much capacity in the Harare-Johannesburg and Bulawayo-Johannesburg markets.
Fastjet Zimbabwe will cut flights for the next 100 days on oversupplied routes.
The company said delays to its proposed sale of Fastjet Zimbabwe had left it with minimal cash resources and it was vulnerable to “any significant downturn in business which could be triggered by any widespread impact in the region from the COCID-19 virus or any other unforeseen circumstances”. – Zimbabwe Voice
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