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Zim to get its first budget airline

Aug 03 2012 15:26

Cape Town - Aviation group, Fresh Air has partnered with SA's 1Time Holdings [JSE:1TM] to launch Zimbabwe's first budget airline, the companies said in a statement on Friday.

The airline will begin offering flights, initially from Victoria Falls in September this year.

As part of the agreement, 1Time will stop its Livingstone route and will fly between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls instead. The route would subsequently become a Fresh Air operation.

1Time CEO Blacky Komani said the joint venture provided a great opportunity for both companies on the continent.

“Our partnership with Fresh Air is simple; we share our experience and infrastructure in the aviation industry while Fresh Air launches Zimbabwe’s first low-cost carrier, with licences to operate the underserviced domestic market and various regional routes to be announced in the near future. In doing so, Fresh Air are creating jobs and building a foundation for a sustainable business,” Komani said.

Chakanyuka Karase, CEO of Fresh Air said that the airline’s entry into the market and strategic partnership with 1time would provide a real opportunity to stimulate domestic and regional air travel for Zimbabwe.

“The entry of a low-cost carrier in Zimbabwe has great potential, and we are proud to have launched into this partnership with 1time, who already has palpable successes in the no-frills market. We have absolutely no doubt that this business model will succeed as it is exactly what our emerging economy needs to maintain sustainability, and is an efficient way to connect families, businesses and tourist destinations,” Karase said.

Komani added that the agreement would ultimately further growth and development in Africa.

“Our joint venture not only demonstrates that we foster successful cross-border partnerships, but that together we contribute to regional growth in Africa by providing people with additional travel options at affordable prices,” he said.

 - Fin24



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