First time flyers set to lap up fastjet's second international route

2014-02-03 12:27

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 Johannesburg, 3 February 2014 – fastjet’s first flight between Dar es Salaam and Lusaka took off on Saturday, 1st February 2014, marking the launch of the low-cost airline’s second international route across African skies.

Services between Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport will initially operate twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays, using the airline's new Airbus A319 jet aircraft, with seating for 156 passengers.

fastjet expects to increase the frequency of flights on this route in line with consumer demand, as more people make use of its safe, affordable and on-time service.

Flights will depart Dar es Salaam at 10h15 and land in Lusaka at 11h25, with a flight time of 2 hours 15 minutes.

This is considerably shorter than the 24-hour bus service that the vast majority of travellers between these two East African capital cities are forced to use presently. The return flight to Dar es Salaam departs at 12h05, landing at 15h20.

With its low-cost fares, fastjet says it is making air travel more accessible and it expects many of its passengers on the new route to be first time flyers who would otherwise not have been able to afford to travel by air.

Research undertaken by the airline after its launch in Tanzania shows 38% of its passengers were first time flyers.

“fastjet has been able to expand its international network by working closely with the governments of Tanzania and Zambia, who understand and value the positive impact that low-cost air travel can have on the lives of their citizens and the general economy,” says Ed Winter, CEO of fastjet.

Tickets for flights between Dar es Salaam and Lusaka went on sale in December 2013, with fares currently starting as low as US$75 one-way (approximately R800), excluding airport and government taxes - significantly lower than fares charged by other jet aircraft operators who currently only offer non-direct flights between the two cities.

No visas are required for citizens of the two countries for visits of less than 90 days.

fastjet bookings from Tanzania can be made online at where the cheapest fares are guaranteed, through any fastjet office or through travel agents. Payment for tickets can be made with cash, online with a credit card or through Mpesa and Tigo Pesa.


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