Fastjet airline

Fastjet airline ups flights to SA. Image: File

Fastjet airline ups flights to SA

Next week Fastjet airline will increase the frequency of its scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Bulawayo in Zimbabwe.

Fastjet airline

Fastjet airline ups flights to SA. Image: File

The privately-owned airline sporting signature parrot imagery in its aircraft tails, Fastjet, will be adding additional weekday frequencies between Johannesburg and Bulawayo from 30 October.

This takes the number of Fastjet’s scheduled flights between the two cities from seven to twelve per week.  


Since the Covid-19 pandemic, Fastjet has spread its wings. The carrier has been making great strides in connecting destinations both inside and outside of Zimbabwe.

Fastjet has become a serious player in the continent’s regional aviation landscape thanks to its growing presence in Southern Africa. This is good news for Zimbabwe, which is often considered the region’s basket case, due to years of political and economic turmoil.                                                   

“As a result of these efforts, air access continues to improve, with Zimbabwe being linked to more destinations and on existing routes, capacity and frequency has been enhanced. Aviation is an enabler, a catalyst for the development of any economy, more so in a land-locked country like Zimbabwe,” said Fastjet’s spokesperson Nunurai Ndawana per Tourism Update.


Fastjet Zimbabwe began operations in October 2015, initially offering flights between Harare and Victoria Falls.  

The airline then started flying over the border, to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport in February 2016.  It launched flights between the Kruger Park and Victoria Falls in March 2022.   


The company plays an important role in rebuilding Zimbabwe’s tourism sector through its continued expansion.

Fastjet is enhancing air connectivity in Zimbabwe, with the introduction of scheduled domestic routes to Lake Kariba and Hwange National Park. It also connects these destinations with flights to Harare, Victoria Falls and Johannesburg.

Fastjet route network. Image: Screengrab/Fastjet


Earlier this year Fastjet was the airline of choice for British celebrity entrepreneur Richard Branson. He travelled to Zimbabwe to participate in conservation efforts.  

Branson was a passenger on one of the carrier’s scheduled flights from Johannesburg to Harare in June.      

The company is eagerly looking to expand its route network and increase its flight schedule while offering great customer service to its passengers.

“Our ongoing focus is to put the customer front and centre of everything we do. With improved facilities, network connectivity, enhanced frequencies and flexibility with choice, we continue to strengthen our ability to deliver on our service promises,” Ndawana said.

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