CAPE TOWN — Cheaper travel options are certainly top of mind for local travellers — considering not a single South African budget airline made this recent list of the World’s 15 cheapest airlines.
With Africa’s first pan-African budget airline fastjet making a showing in the top-five, it stands to reason that competition within the pan-African budget airspace can only but benefit the consumer.
Flyafrica.com, a new low fare airline has just announced its launch, with its first route between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg going on sale for just R99 (one-way, excluding taxes and fuel surcharges).
The airline spokesperson Adrian Hamilton-Manns said flyafrica.com plans to start a revolution within the travel industry by scrapping fuel surcharges.
“Fuel surcharges are simply double charging by airlines to hide the true cost of travel. We will never apply a fuel surcharge,” Hamilton-Manns said.
Flyafrica.com’s first flight from Victoria Falls will take-off on Wednesday 16 July. It plans to operate the route on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays for the first four weeks after which “flyafrica.com will expand operations”.
“The low fare airline will operate scheduled regional flights in Africa from various bases; the first of which is from Zimbabwe. Flyafrica.com will announce other bases in the coming months. New routes, increased frequencies and new airlines will be announced in the coming weeks and months. With fares from R99 the revolution has begun,” Hamilton-Manns said.
Zimbabwe flyafrica is the first airline of the flyafrica.com group to launch. A joint venture between nu.com, a Zimbabwe-based infrastructure company and Flyafrica Ltd, a private equity aviation investment group.
“Zimbabwe flyafrica is the first of several airlines in Africa that will combine low fares with global standards of safety and quality”, Zimbabwe flyafrica chief executive officer Chaka Karase said.
“Zimbabwe flyafrica is part of the flyafrica.com family and we are committed to providing fares that are always affordable to everyone who travels to Zimbabwe. We believe that low fares are vital in developing trade and tourism for Zimbabwe and we are proud to be part of the low fare revolution.”