Fastjet to take flight in South Africa

Ed Winter. Fastjet CEO

Through a deal with Blockbuster, a South African investment company, Fastjet aims to operate in the country from May 31.

Fastjet aims to initially fly Johannesburg-Cape Town services twice daily, seven days a week, in prime business morning and afternoon slots, said chairman David Lenigas who also added that Flights to other key destinations would be launched once the Cape Town route is established.

Tickets could go on sale within weeks and an initial Johannesburg-Cape Town flight is planned for May 31, said fastjet.

Ed Winter, Fastjet's CEO, said the company is now focused on creating “a fresh, unique and commercially sustainable offering”.

Fastjet sees a strategic gap in the South African marketplace for a pan-continental, low-cost airline operating the yield management model required to keep fares affordable for passengers, not just at launch, but also in the long term.

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