serves six airports; Windhoek-Johannesburg is #1 route

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On 3 November 2014, Zimbabwe – the first LCC subsidiary of the group – introduced daily departures on the 956-kilometre sector from Harare to Johannesburg, utilising its 120-seat 737-500s. group launched on 23 July 2014 its first low-cost subsidiary – Zimbabwe – with thrice-weekly flights (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg. The 925-kilometre route from the city located on the southern bank of the Zambezi River was introduced utilising the carrier’s 120-seat 737-500s. Commenting on the route launch, Adrian Hamilton-Manns, CEO of, said in July: “ is excited to be launching in Africa, with our first airline in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is part of the family and we are committed to providing fares that are always affordable to everyone who travels to Zimbabwe. We believe that low fares are vital in developing trade and tourism for Zimbabwe and we are proud to be part of the low fare revolution.”

Seven months after it launched its first subsidiary, the group introduced Namibia as the next step in its pan-African low fare strategy, with the addition of its second subsidiary Namibia According to a press release from October 2014, this subsidiary is planned to operate scheduled regional flights from Namibia to South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The 1,165-kilometre sector from Windhoek to Johannesburg was its first route, launched on 2 February with twice-daily departures. “Namibia is a key part of our strategy to build airlines in Africa that will combine low fares with global standards of safety and quality. This is the newest member of the family and is part of our roll-out plan to introduce multiple airlines across Africa,” added Hamilton-Manns.

Country Airport (Weekly flights)
Zimbabwe Harare (10), Bulawayo (7), Victoria Falls (6)
South Africa Johannesburg (31), Cape Town (7)
Namibia Windhoek (14)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 10 March 2015.

Since then the airline has expanded rapidly, offering services to a total of six airports in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia, served by both Zimbabwe and Namibia (according to OAG Schedules Analyser data for this March). The group currently operates a fleet of five 737-500s (according to, at least two of which were formerly operated by Czech Airlines.

Windhoek-Johannesburg is #1 route by seats

According to OAG Schedules Analyser data for this March, the airline group’s network comprises six routes, with Windhoek–Johannesburg being the largest airport pair in terms of weekly seats. This sector is already served by a total of three carriers, namely South African Airways (26 times weekly), Comair (daily) and Air Namibia (17 times weekly). Overall, Namibia (bright green) connects the capital and largest city of Namibia to Johannesburg and Cape Town (as of 16 March 2015), while Zimbabwe (dark green) operates from Bulawayo, Harare and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg, and the domestic link between the capital of Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls.

Chart -'s top six routes Weekly one-way seat capacity

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 10 March 2015.

As part of the group’s future expansion, is planning to introduce a new route from Lusaka to Johannesburg on 4 May with the addition of daily departures. Perhaps the airline group is gearing up to launch its third LCC subsidiary – Zambia

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On 1 December 2014, Zimbabwe introduced a new domestic service from its Harare base, this time to Victoria Falls. The 557-kilometre sector from the most populous city of Zimbabwe is served thrice-weekly in competition with Air Zimbabwe’s five weekly flights.


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