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Fastjet is an African low-cost airline based in Zimbabwe. The airline is based at Robert Gabriel Mugabe Airport (HRE), Harare and flies to a small number of destinations throughout Zimbabwe and to Johannesburg, South Africa.
Fastjet was split into three different subsidiaries, Fastjet Tanzania, Fastjet Mozambique and Fastjet Zimbabwe. Originally, the airline flew to several destinations across these three countries. However, in 2018, Fastjet ceased operations with Fastjet Tanzania and in 2019, ceased operations in Fastjet Mozambique. This has left Fastjet Zimbabwe as the remaining airline.
The airline launched in 2012 with the aim to become the first low-cost, pan-African airline. Fastjet was initially based in Tanzania and used Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), Dar es Salaam as its hub airport. The airline flew its inaugural flight between Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro in 2012. However, when the airline suspended all of its Tanzanian flights in 2018, it moved its major base to Robert Gabriel Mugabe Airport in Harare.
FastJet is featured in our blog, The Cheapest Airlines in the World, as one of the best-value airlines in Africa.
Depending on the type of ticket you purchase, there are various rules and allowances for your carry-on and checked baggage with Fastjet.
ValueFlyer: One free piece of cabin baggage weighing a maximum of 7kg plus a handbag or personal item.
FlexiFlyer: One free piece of cabin baggage weighing a maximum of 7kg plus a handbag or personal item.
Please ensure that you don't pack any prohibited items in your carry-on baggage such as liquids over 100ml, sharp items and flammable liquids. You will be asked to remove any prohibited items at security.
ValueFlyer: One free piece of Checked Baggage weighing up to 23 kg.
FlexiFlyer: Two free pieces of Checked Baggage weighing up to 23 kg each.
If passengers require any additional baggage, they must request it with the airline in advance.
The airline currently only offers Economy Class cabins and seating, but with two tiers of fare to give passengers more choices for their flight experience: ValueFlyer and FlexiFlyer.
Economy Class Facilities
The ValueFlyer: this fare is the best option for travellers looking for the best deal. A light snack and beverage are served onboard most routes, and flight date and time changes are permitted for a small fee.
The FlexiFlyer: this fare is the best option for travellers looking for the most flexibility, ideal if travel plans are yet to be locked down This fare includes unlimited penalty-free flight date/time changes, free seat selection, and a light snack and beverage onboard most routes.
The airline's expertly trained cabin crew are readily available to help and assist with anything that passengers might need.
Asientos en clase económica
No matter which fare is chosen, all Economy Class seats are the same. The cabin offers comfortable padded seats, with a drop-down tray, air-con and personal light function.
Passengers can enjoy the airline's in-flight magazine as in-flight entertainment. The magazine details recent updates from the airline, as well as inspiration on things to do for each of the airlines' destinations.
Wi-Fi is currently not available onboard Fastjet flights.
All passengers receive a complimentary light-snack and drink on all Fastjet flights, regardless of which fare they purchase.
With Fastjet, you can check in for your flight online or at the airport. Opening and closing times vary between online and airport check-in.
For a quick and easy process at the airport, we recommend that you check in online. Online check-in can be completed on the Fastjet online check-in page. Passengers must provide their last name and booking code to check in for their flight. You can check in online from 24 hours to 2 hours before your flight departure time.
If passengers can't or don't want to check-in online, they can check-in at the airport. Airport check-in can be completed by presenting the relevant travel documents to a check-in agent at the airport of departure. Check-in desks are open from 120–40 minutes before scheduled flight departure time. Please ensure you arrive early at the airport as you will be denied boarding if you arrive less than 40 minutes before your flight departure time.
Fastjet offers a Frequent Flyer Program to its regular passengers that fly 20 flights during a certain period.
Fastjet offers a Frequent Flyer Program to those travellers who fly 20+ flights within a 6-month period. Once you have flown 20 flights with Fastjet you will be entitled to 2 free flights. You can qualify for the free flights on any domestic or international services that Fastjet has to offer, within the validity period. There is a 6 month validity period - ensure to claim your free flights before the validity period.
Fastjet isn't currently a member of any airline alliance.
Fastjet flies to a range of cities across South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Click below to see all the destinations Fastjet flies to.
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Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE) formally known as Harare International Airport is an international airport in Harare, Zimbabwe and is the hub airport for Fastjet and Air Zimbabwe. The airport is the main gateway into Zimbabwe and is the largest and busiest airport in the country.
Fastjet has used Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport as its main hub since 2018 when the airline suspended its Tanzanian operations. However, Fastjet Zimbabwe as used the airport as its hub since it launched in 2015.
Air Zimbabwe is the only other airline that uses the airport as a hub. Other airlines that fly to/from Rober Gabriel Mugabe International include Air Namibia, Air Tanzania, British Airways, Rwandair, South African Airways, TAAG Angola, Emerald Airlines, Fastjet Zimbabwe, Qatar Airways, RwandairAir and more.
Fastjet's fleet is made up entirely of Embraer 145 aircraft. The airline has four of these regional jets within its fleet.
In 2018 Fastjet and LAM Mozambique Airlines entered into a Memorandum of Understanding, which includes wide-ranging areas of cooperation, with code-share and interline agreements between the two carriers. This approach of commercial cooperation is the first of its kind on the African continent.