fastjet Chairman opts for annual salary of one pound

The director of Africa's first low-cost airline, fastjet, has revealed that he has chosen to be paid an annual salary of just one pound so as to help make a difference to Africa's future growth prospects.

The director of Africa's first low-cost airline, fastjet, has revealed that he has chosen to be paid an annual salary of just one pound so as to help make a difference to Africa's future growth prospects.

David Lenigas, the Chairman of fastjet, informed the board of his decision which, the company has confirmed, will take place with immediate effect.

In addition to paying his £1 annual salary, the company will also refund him legitimately invoiced expenses incurred on company business and provide directors' and officers' liability insurance.

Commenting on his decision to be paid a salary of £1 a year, Lenigas, said: "I am passionate about the possibility of Fastjet's ability to change Africa's GDP [gross domestic product] growth profile. I have been doing business in Africa for a number of decades now and this is my personal way of contributing to changing life for the better in Africa."

Leningas has 20 million options in fastjet which are exercisable at five pence. He said he intended to use any profits from the options to establish an African Foundation for underprivileged children.

"fastjet's low cost of travel can be one of the greatest motivators of economic development and change in Africa and as the company continues to roll out low cost affordable travel across the Continent in the months and years ahead. We can have a fundamental profound effect on the communities the airline will serve," he added.

"The ability for people to buy an aeroplane ticket for as little as $20 plus taxes provides affordable travel and allows people to trade easier, build businesses, and visit family and friends at prices not seen in Africa before."

fastjet uses modern Airbus A319 aircraft and operates under a brand licence and strategic direction from Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and his easyGroup Holdings.

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