Saturday, January 12, 2013

►► MOZAMBIQUE: Federal Air drops Joburg - Vilanculos from 2013.

Fedair logo[UPDATE 12 JANUARY] Federal Airlines (7V) has announced that, effective February 1, it will cease its Johannesburg ORTIA - Vilanculos, Mozambique route, with the last operational flight on January 31. The flight currently operates daily with an ATR42.

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Federal Airlines decided to maintain the service until the end of January so that passengers would not be affected and to give them enough time to make alternative arrangements from February 1. 
After 10 years of operation, it has been a difficult decision to make, however with the global economic downturn, the airline has seen a continuing decline in passenger numbers – even over the busiest of seasons,” said a statement from the airline.

Federal Air (7V): Johannesburg ORTIA - Vilanculos, Mozambique
- Ends 31 January 2013
- 7V404 operates via Kruger/Mpumalanga
  • 7V400 JNB 1040 - 1245 VNX AT4 | 246
  • 7V404 JNB 1040 - 1100 MQP 1140 - 1315 AT4 | 1357
  • 7V401 VNX 1330 - 1545 JNB AT4 | 1234567
Source [Amadeus]

Founded in 1993 as Comair Charters (Natal), Federal Air operates shuttle services and daily flights to all the top game lodges and reserves in the region; Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Madikwe Private Game Reserve and Phinda Private Game in South Africa; as well as Pamushana in Zimbabwe.

[UPDATE 12 JANUARY] According to ETNW, Federal Air has brought forward the cancellation of its Vilanculos service to 15 January 2013 citing low passenger demand and increasing fuel costs and passenger taxes.