FlyAfrica introduces Byo-Jo’burg flight

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LOW-COST airline flyAfrica Zimbabwe will start accepting bookings for its Bulawayo-Johannesburg flight set to commence on March 2.

MTHANDAZO NYONI
OWN CORRESPONDENT

The budget airline’s Bulawayo-Johannesburg flights will cost $178 return compared to national carrier, Air Zimbabwe’s $380 for the same route.

The airline was licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe in August 2014 and introduced its first aircraft – Z-FAA – in the same month to service the Victoria Falls-Johannesburg route, flying three times a week on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

In November, flyAfrica launched an inaugural Harare-Johannesburg flight and charges $89 (including taxes) for one way.

In a statement, the budget airline said the introduction of a daily Bulawayo-Johannesburg service was aimed at bringing low-cost flying to the industry.

“With fares from $39, the launch of Bulawayo links all main Zimbabwean cities to Johannesburg with our special brand of low fares and great service,” the statement read.

“Finally, Victoria Falls moves from our current Monday, Wednesday and Sunday flights and becomes a daily flight from July 1 – meaning you can enjoy fares from $39 every day of the week.”

According to the airline, plans are underway to expand the business into Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi after being granted three more licences to service the routes last year.

The airline said flyAfrica Namibia would take to the skies on March 2. This would be the second airline in the flyAfrica.com family.

Windhoek to Johannesburg flights start on March 2 with fares ranging from R799. Windhoek to Cape Town would start on March 16 with fares from R899.

The airline operates in partnership with the Karase family’s Fresh Air and Mike Bond of the now defunct 1Time Airlines of South Africa.