Tuesday, July 30, 2013

► SOUTH AFRICA: fastjet starts Johannesburg from September 27 as yet another board member resigns.

fastjetfastjet (FN) has announced that its first international flights, from Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg, South Africa, will début from September 27. Initial frequencies will be limited to 3x weekly though this is expected to grow in line with demand. Flights will operate with an Airbus A319.

In a statement issued today, Richard Bodin, chief commercial officer of Fastjet, said: 
“For some time the Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg route has only been operated by one airline and the lack of competition has created inflated fares. Fastjet will substantially reduce the average fare and in doing so will encourage more leisure and business traffic between Tanzania and South Africa.”
Tickets for the route will go on sale this week.

Meanwhile, yet another board member, this time an executive director, Geoffrey White, has resigned from the carrier with immediate effect. Mr White had been responsible for the planning, financing, development and management of a range of projects in the leisure, industrial and natural resource sectors at fastjet.

His departure now adds to that of previous CEO, David Lenigas, who left the carrier in early June.