Aviation: Fastjet connects Kruger Park in South Africa Direct to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe bypassing Major Cities

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Zimbabwean low-cost carriers, Fastjet which specialises in connecting tourism hubs in Southern Africa is now offering direct flights between Victoria Falls and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

According to businessinsider.co.za, the airline has launched three weekly return flights between the destinations, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, in a 50-seater Embraer ERJ145 aircraft.

Fastjet, a “value-based” airline founded in Tanzania in 2012, specialises in connecting tourism destinations throughout Africa and on routes not typically serviced by major airlines. Its Zimbabwean operation will celebrate its seventh anniversary this year and has previously offered flights between Harare and Bulawayo and Victoria Falls, and international flights from Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg.

READ: Aviation: South African carrier, Fastjet increases frequency between Bulawayo and Joburg

The airline says the new direct flight between Victoria Falls and Mbombela will boost tourism in each region, with tourists able to complete a “safari circuit” linking South Africa’s Lowveld lodges and game reserves directly with Victoria Falls.

Later this year, travellers can also include Botswana in their itineraries when Fastjet adds at least four weekly flights between Maun and Victoria Falls.

The launch also comes shortly after the announcement of a flight between Frankfurt, Windhoek, and Mbombela, operated by Eurowings Discover. Combined with Fastjet’s new offerings, this will effectively allow German and other European tourists to visit several popular destinations in Southern Africa without setting foot in Johannesburg or Cape Town.

According to Fastjet Zimbabwe spokesperson Nunurai Ndawana, the airline is “delighted” to be adding another direct flight to Victoria Falls.

“We believe this route will facilitate accelerated travel between these two globally recognised tourism destinations of Zimbabwe and South Africa, thereby massively contributing to the restart of tourism in the region,” Ndawana said.

Tickets between Victoria Falls and Kruger Park are already for sale, with the first flights available in April. One-way tickets currently cost between R3,950 and R4,720, depending on dates and direction.

Julian Edmunds, Fastjet Group CCO, says passengers have already responded well to the new route.

“Since our announcement of this route, the response from Victoria Falls and the Mpumalanga Province has been overwhelmingly positive. Our nonstop service from Victoria Falls to Mbombela Kruger Mpumalanga will benefit a variety of travellers, especially those who want to maximise their holiday by exploring multiple Southern African destinations in a single visit,” Edmunds said.

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