progress on Kenya visible from the latest facebook response to someone asking when/if fastjet will fly there:
"Hi Happy, we do not yet offer a route to Kenya but hope to soon, you can sign up to our mailing list for more information on new routes as we add them by signing up to our mailing list at www.fastjet.com/signup Thanks!"
Unless I'm greatly mistaken this actually marks a backtrack from previous declarations that we hope to hear "very soon" or that "we submitted our application a few months ago".
Part of the problem might be we've got a team of people who mostly dealt with LCC in Europe, which is an incredibly different market. Really the operations side should be in the hands of such people, but the forging of business/government relationships ought to be in the hands of people with more Africa-specific experience. Personally I'd like to see some of the board replaced with people with an established history of getting things done in Africa and who have established relationships with the governments there. A bunch of highly paid pensioners probably isn't what we need.
Flyafrica.com, Africa’s low fare airline, today announced Namibia as the next step in its Pan Africa low fare strategy. Namibia joins Zimbabwe in the flyafrica.com airline family. With fares from R799 for flights between Windhoek and Johannesburg, Namibia flyafrica will revolutionise travel and bring low fares to regional passengers. Flyafrica.com will operate daily flights from Windhoek to Johannesburg from Monday 02 February 2015. Sales via flyafrica.com will commence from 21 October 2014 and travel agency sales will commence shortly after.
Namibia flyafrica will operate scheduled regional flights from Namibia to South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Windhoek to Johannesburg is the first route to be announced, with others to follow shortly.
Namibia is the second airline launched by the flyafrica.com group and is a joint venture between Nomad Aviation, a Namibian based airline, and Flyafrica Ltd, a Mauritius based private equity aviation investment group.
“Namibia flyafrica is a key part of our strategy to build airlines in Africa that will combine low fares with global standards of safety and quality,” says Adrian Hamilton-Manns, Group CEO of flyafrica.com. “Namibia flyafrica is the newest member of the flyafrica.com family and is part of our roll-out plan to introduce multiple airlines across Africa operating under the flyafrica.com brand. We are proud of today’s announcement and delighted that Nomad chose to partner with us in this exciting project.”
“Nomad is equally excited to be partnering with flyafrica.com to introduce low fares to the Namibian market,” explains Clifford Strydom, CEO of Nomad Aviation. “Nomad has been operating a successful airline in Namibia since 1989, but we have always wanted to offer more to the travelling public. Our partnership with flyafrica.com delivers what we have always wanted: low fares and exceptional service. Travellers to Namibia have paid too much for too long and the launch of Namibia flyafrica will change that.“
Flyafrica.com has committed to revolutionising air travel in Africa. As part of this commitment the airline does not apply a fuel surcharge – which can more than double the cost of the fare. “Fuel surcharges are simply double charging by airlines to hide the true cost of travel. We will never apply a fuel surcharge,” says Strydom.
With five Boeing 737s and today’s announcement of the second airline in the family, the growth of flyafrica.com is set to continue. Flyafrica.com is committed to providing fares that are always affordable to everyone who travels in Africa. Low fares are vital in developing trade and tourism in Africa and the launch of Namibia flyafrica in partnership with Nomad Aviation is another step in liberalising travel and reducing high regional fares.
What is our board getting paid for when they are not able to expand further beyond TZ? Flyafrica apparently doesn't ha
Building upon what l said in my reply to Buxton1 would it also be worth looking at bringing back, and serving from multiple points - both domestically and internationally - ZNZ as it is the only other A319 suitable airport currently available in Tanzania. Treat it as a holiday routing rather than a business one?
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