By World Airnews correspondent Wallace Mawire
FlySafair – a South African low-cost airline – said it was proud of its achievements to open air travel to a wider audience through its low-cost model. Obert Chakarisa, FlySafair executive manager standards and compliance said this at the recent launch of the airline’s Johannesburg-Harare route.
The airline launched the new route into Zimbabwe on October 2 and said that it had also set its sight on another route between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls.
FlySafair, is a South African low-cost airline that began operations in October 2014 and is ranked Africa’s most on-time airline.
Zimbabwe minister of transport and infrastructural development, Felix Mhona said at same occasion that it was a significant milestone for the carrier, marking an expansion into the southern African region.
“By stripping back the airfare, we have done more than just give customers the flexibility to personalise their flight experience. We have helped give those who may not otherwise have had the ability to afford air travel the chance to experience it first hand,’’Chakarisa said.
He said that the airline’s ability to share their love of flying across South Africa with over 31 million customers so far had been an honour and an opportunity which they are excited to be able to extend to their Southern African neighbours.
Mhona said that the government of Zimbabwe was pleased to witness an upward trajectory registered by the aviation sector in the Southern Africa region since the relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions.
He said that in 2023, the aviation sector had received a number of new airlines flying into Zimbabwe and existing airlines had added more frequencies to their operations, with some even launching new routes within the country.
“Furthermore, we anticipate to launch additional airlines in the country to support the on-going development of aviation infrastructure in Zimbabwe and the region,” said Mhona.
He applauded the strong connection between the country’s aviation industry and the tourism sector and said both have been working together to develop air connectivity in and outside the country.
He said the robust collaborations in destination marketing and route development initiatives have been effective in creating new connections and enhancing existing ones.