fastjet assigns Holiday Aviation as General Sales Agent in SA

fastjet, Africa’s low-cost airline, has appointed Holiday Aviation as its General Sales Agent (GSA) in South Africa, following the recent launch of its first international route between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg in October 2013.

Holiday Aviation is tasked with handling all reservations, and call centre functions to service the travel trade, as well as the corporate and consumer market. A dedicated Holiday Aviation team will be able to book, and issue any fastjet ticket, manage changes to bookings directly on fastjet’s reservation system, and handle general day-to-day queries from travel agents and the public.

Seen from left to right: Justin Glanville, Commercial Manager South Africa for fastjet, Gavin Simpson, CEO of Holiday Aviation, and Kyle Haywood, General Manager Africa for fastjet.

Seen from left to right: Justin Glanville, Commercial Manager South Africa for fastjet, Gavin Simpson, CEO of Holiday Aviation, and Kyle Haywood, General Manager Africa for fastjet.

“Holiday Aviation’s industry knowledge, experienced customer service team, and strong relationships with the travel trade make them well-placed to represent fastjet in South Africa,” says Kyle Haywood, General Manager Africa for fastjet. “With the support from Holiday Aviation, we look forward to strengthening our sales distribution channels, and our relationship with the travel trade – both of which are crucial to ensuring our success as we expand our pan-African network into South Africa.”

fastjet’s route from to Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport to South Africa’s O.R. Tambo International Airport, which launched in October, operates three times each week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Tickets are priced from R1 600 one way, inclusive of all airport and government taxes, which are approximately R555, excluding booking or service fees.

“fastjet has substantially reduce the DAR/JNB route average fare and in doing so has made it possible for more people to afford to fly between Tanzania and South Africa, whether they are travelling for business or leisure,” he adds.

Gavin Simpson, CEO of Holiday Aviation, says fastjet reservations have been brisk since the new service to South Africa commenced and the local GSA contact details were posted on the fastjet.com website.

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“We are delighted to be working with fastjet as there is clear evidence that the market is ready for a more affordable option on the Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam route, with convenient daylight departure and arrival schedules at both origin and destination cities.

“We have been particularly encouraged by the number of enquiries from the travel trade, and are optimistic that the current service will grow to a daily flight in the near future,” Simpson says.

While fastjet is new to South Africa, the airline has been successfully operating in Tanzania for nearly a year, flying to five domestic destinations including Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, Mwanza and most recently Mbeya.

“We are continually investing in relationships that may see us expanding our international network from Dar es Salaam to destinations such as Lusaka, Nairobi, Lilongwe and Entebbe, where there is currently no effective competition, passengers are underserved, and fares are overpriced. Passengers in the region are definitely ready for an alternative,” says Haywood.

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