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FastJet Adds Surcharge to Vic Falls Route

Author: Selene Brophy - 18 April 2024

Fastjet flights between South Africa’s OR Tambo International in Johannesburg and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe will be slightly more expensive from May. The route is a popular part of the Southern Africa safari circuit.

The airline announced on Wednesday that it would be charging R250 per leg, effective 22 April. This increase will apply to travel from 1 May to 31 December. It’s crucial to note that all pending bookings in the system must be ticketed by 21 April to avoid the charge.

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The surcharges will be incorporated into the total IT fare, said Fastjet.

Route Fare Per Person:

  • JNB – VFA R4,300*
  • VFA – JNB R4,750*

Dollar exchange rate fluctuations and rising fuel costs, further exacerbated by the Middle East conflict, have pressured the airline to increase its prices. 

“Due to a significant change in the overall cost base over the last couple of years, with the Rand/Dollar relationship having shifted significantly and the price of aviation fuel having increased dramatically in this period, Fastjet, unfortunately, needs to impose a surcharge of R250 per leg, per person for travel from 1 May 2024 on JNB VFA and VFA JNB legs,” the airline stated.

‘Amazing Zimbabwe’

Whether the increase will impact the airline’s recent campaign,’ Amazing Zimbabwe’ to promote Zimbabwe’s hidden gems remains to be seen.

The campaign is centred on showcasing Zimbabwe’s “natural beauty, vibrant culture, and rich heritage through four pillars synonymous with Zimbabwe’s Rich Traditions, Splendid Heritage, Iconic Sites, and Great People,” Fastjet spokesperson Nunurai Ndawana previously stated. 

*Flight estimates shared at the time of publishing. 


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