Fastjet Wins African Budget Airline Award
Budget airliner Fastjet has won Africa’s Leading Low-Cost Airline Award at the 23rd Annual World Travel Awards.
Despite internal problems at a boardroom level, Fastjet has been commended by the globally recognised World Travel Awards, which celebrates excellence across all major sectors of the travel & hospitality industry.
Making air travel safer, cheaper in Africa
The award for Fastjet comes as recognition of what the airline has done for the aviation industry in Africa. Fastjet is actually a British firm, based in London, that currently flies within Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Malawi.
“Being recognised and accepting this award not only reflects our commitment to air travel excellence but the impact we endeavour to make on the African continent,” said Fastjet Head of Marketing, Jai Gilbert.
Fastjet takes the transcontinental approach of airlines like easyJet and AirAsia to make air travel more affordable across Africa. Improvements in air safety have also been vital to the success of airlines like AirAsia in developing parts of the world.
“We are immensely proud to receive such high industry recognition and Fastjet will continue to make low-cost air travel accessible to more people on the African continent,” Gilbert added.
Trouble behind the scenes
Despite the plaudits coming Fastjet’s way things are not all good behind the scenes at the budget airliner. Major shareholder and easyJet founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, has forced out the company’s chief executive and threatened the company with legal action over alleged licence breaches – all within the space of a month.
The British entrepreneur also gave a scathing attack on the firm’s finances, warning the airline could be six months away from going under. Meanwhile, Fastjet has had to cancel some flight routes due to low numbers of passengers.
Fastjet is now globally recognised as the best budget airline in Africa, but now it faces the challenge of seeing out the rest of the year and making it into 2017.