Low cost airline, Fastjet Zimbabwe said yesterday it will suspend operations at the end of the week for 21 days as part of measures to combat Covid-19.
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.
“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,” it said.
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.
In the first half of 2019, Fastjet Zimbabwe revenue rose 19 percent to US$12,1 million from US$10,2 million in the comparative period, owing largely to an increase in revenue per passenger and per available seat kilometres.- New Ziana