The Board of Directors of Fastjet PLC, a publicly traded company at the London Stock Exchange, earlier today announced the appointment of Nico Bezuidenhout as the new CEO, replacing Ed Winter, who left the airline earlier in the year.
Nico will formally take up his position, and join the board as Executive Director, on August 1.
Nico joins Fastjet from Mango Airlines, the low-cost carrier subsidiary of South African Airways, where he has been CEO since Mango commenced operations ten years ago. During his tenure, Nico grew the airline’s market share to 25 percent of the South African domestic air travel market and the fleet to ten Boeing 737-800 aircraft. He also achieved the lowest unit cost within the South African aviation industry through high aircraft utilization and sustained good load factors.
In addition to playing a pivotal role in the success of Mango, which has been profitable in eight of the past ten years, Nico has also twice acted in the capacity of interim CEO of its parent company.
Commenting on Nico’s appointment, Fastjet Chairman Colin Child said: ‘The Board is delighted that Nico will be joining fastjet as CEO. He brings strong commercial and strategic skills and a wealth of experience of operating a low-cost carrier. This experience, together with his detailed knowledge of the markets in which fastjet operates, will be invaluable to the Company as it seeks to capture the growth opportunities in the region’.
Nico himself then added: ‘I am very pleased to be joining Fastjet at this stage in its development. Although market conditions are currently challenging, I am confident that we can build on the airline’s existing operational base to strengthen and develop the business and deliver on its considerable potential’.