Fastjet Zimbabwe, on Friday 28 August 2020 performed a unique repatriation flight ferrying students and medical cases between Harare, Zimbabwe and Johannesburg, South Africa. 

The border between the two Southern African countries remains closed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The flight left Harare at 10:30am arriving in Johannesburg at 12:15pm. The return leg left Johannesburg at 14:00pm and arrived in Harare at 15:40pm.

In a statement the airline said it transported SA citizens, students and medical cases from HRE to JNB, and on the return flight, brought home Zimbabweans and residents of Zimbabwe back to Harare.

“Working closely with the relevant agencies, authorities and the Embassies in Harare and Johannesburg fastjet Zimbabwe has made it possible for people to return home, return to school or receive medical care”. 

The flight which transported 70 people was operated by one of fastjet’s Embraer ERJ145. 

As part of measures put in place by the various authorities in ensuring total hygiene on the aircraft, all surfaces were disinfected before and after each flight. 

The passengers were also subject to mandatory health checks and prescribed health measures including sanitizing hands and wearing of a mask for the duration of the flight.

Fastjet is already working on more repatriation flights between Harare and Johannesburg scheduled for the month of September. 

In addition to repatriation flights during the lockdown period, fastjet has collaborated with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority to promote local destinations within Zimbabwe. 

Domestic Tourism campaign by fastjet. Image Twitter fastjet

Under the hashtag #TravelTomorrow the airline has extended its flexible booking policy until March 2021. Current and future ticket holders are now able to change their traveling dates without any fee or fare change.

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