Domestic Safari Tourism gaining momentum with Federal AirlinesSubmitted by JANIE VAN DER SPUY
Federal Airlines has reaﬃrmed its commitment to continue oﬀering special fares for SA and SADC residents until the end of 2022, following a strong increase in forward bookings.
FedAir introduced specials fares for South African & SADC residents in November 2020 as part of its reintroduction of ﬂights following the travel restrictions experienced in South Africa last year. Since then, SA & SADC resident customers ﬂying to safari lodges on the FedAir shuttle ﬂight programme have been able to make use of FedAir special fares that start from R2850 per person one-way, including taxes. The FedAir network includes the Sabi Sand and Timbavati Game Reserves, Garonga and other Hoedspruit area lodges in the Eastern region of South Africa, as well as Madikwe Game Reserve in north western South Africa.
Commenting on the positive developments, Federal Airlines CEO Mark Hurst stated: “With the surge in safari lodge domestic vacations, the airline was encouraged with the number of bookings over the recent Easter period. We continue to receive positive feedback from customers about our response to the needs of travellers and the travel trade, as we recover from the eﬀects of the pandemic. We will continue to oﬀer SA & SADC resident fares on our regular shuttle ﬂight programme, all of which form part of our ongoing ﬁrm commitment to support domestic tourism industry initiatives and safari lodge connectivity and sustaintability.”
FedAir recently amended some of its booking terms, adding ﬂexibility for customers who wish to make changes or cancel within prescribed periods. The SA and SADC Resident rates, which have proved extremely popular, remain available until the end of 2022 and can be booked via the lodges. In addition to the Shuttle Services, the Private Charter division of FedAir continues to oﬀer customised, exclusive charter ﬂights to meet personal schedules and requirements as required.
About Federal Airlines
Federal Airlines (FedAir) is one of the most multi-faceted aviation companies in South Africa. FedAir innovated the service of doing guest shuttles out to some of Africa’s most stunning luxury safari lodges in the 90’s, and since have partnered with world leaders in luxury safari experiences as part of their commitment to raise the bar in bespoke aviation. As a result, FedAir has become renowned for delivering a unique and seamless travel experience unparalleled in the market with shuttle services to luxury safari lodges and charter services. Operating out of its own exclusive African-themed terminal departure lounge, customers can enjoy complimentary refreshments, canapes and light meals before stepping directly out on the tarmac to board the aircraft.
The company philosophy is to hold customer service in the highest regard, delivering on the promise of reliability, safety and excellence in shuttle and charter ﬂight services. FedAir currently operates Beechcraft 1900, Pilatus PC12, Cessna Caravans C208B and Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, providing a versatile and reliable ﬂeet to service lodge destinations.
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