First day of flying success for fastjet

2012-11-30 12:48
Brand new African budget airline, fastjet - backed by European airline EasyJet - achieved an average booked load factor of 78% on its first day of operations yesterday, TravelMole reports.

The inaugural flights between Dar es Salaam and Mwanza, as well as Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro carried more than 900 paying passengers yesterday.

Eight sectors were flown and three of these exceeded a load factor of 90%, with many passengers paying just $20 (R173) each way.

The airline announced that future demand for these two initial routes is currently far outstripping supply and it is already considering additional flights.

fastjet also intends to expand its route network regionally over the coming weeks as the fleet grows to three Airbus A319s.

Chief executive Ed Winter said: "Yesterday's passengers ranged from business people through to many first time flyers who were using fastjet as an economic alternative to conventional bus transport. Clearly, as predicted, our low cost model is stimulating a whole new market of people to fly."


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