Fastjet is back at it again, scooping up yet another nomination under its praised wings. The airline was recognised as the Leading African Low-Cost airline by the World Travel Awards - marking its third successive year holding the title.
Last year the airline was awarded the Skytrax World Airline Award as Best African Low-Cost Airline and in February this year fastjet also earned the title of Africa's Best Value Airline from Air Transport World.
The World Travel Awards are decided and awarded based on a system of votes garnered from airline customers.
Fastjet chief executive officer, Nico Bezuidenhout, admitted that this win is particularly encouraging to their team as it was chosen by their customers.
"It has been an exceptional journey until now, not without its ups and downs, but with an unwavering resolve by every member of the fastjet family to deliver the very best connectivity, on-time performance and value driven air travel to our customers," Bezuidenhout says.
To date the airline's network punctuality for this year ranks among the top African carriers with a 90% on-time aggregate - as reported in August.
The fastjet brand covers 5 countries:
- Zambia and
- South Africa
They're also planning to launch domestic flight options and routes for SA travellers by 2019. The airline acquired an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) for South Africa through a brand licence agreement with local private charter airline Federal Airlines, which they have already started making plans to acquire.
While Fastjet has experienced funding issues for Tanzania due to a competitive pricing market, the airline is continuing to concentrate on other regional market growth with AOC's for Zimbabwe and Mozambique, where it launched flights last year through an agreement with Solenta Aviation.
This year saw the airline launch daily flights between Harare and Bulawayo as well as boosting more flight routes between Harare and Victoria Falls.
The airline had also change its product offering following feedback from passengers as their tickets now include the first checked-bag as well as, on routes longer than 60 minutes, a light on-board snack.
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