Fastjet, Africa’s low-cost airline, has been given clearance by the Kenyan government to operate flights between Kenya and Tanzania under the Bilateral Air Services Agreement between the two countries. Two new routes, Dar es Salaam to Nairobi, and Kilimanjaro to Nairobi are on sale daily, with one way fares starting from as low as at USD80 and USD50 respectively, plus tax.
Fastjet Tanzania will now operate a daily flight between Dar es Salaam and Nairobi and between Kilimanjaro and Nairobi. Flights between Zanzibar and Nairobi and Dar es Salaam and Mombasa are also expected to be added to the network later in the year.
While commenting on the achievement, Ed Winter, Chief Executive Officer of fastjet, said: “These inaugural flights are important milestone in fastjet’s development and mark a significant achievement for the Company. We have been working towards the launch of these routes for some time and we are excited to be bringing our proven low-cost model to a new destination.”
“As has been the case when we have previously launched new routes, we expect to stimulate he market as passengers embrace our great value, safety and reliability. Until now, flights etween these destinations have been prohibitively expensive for a great number of people; we look forward to bringing the benefits of low-cost air travel to them.” Mr. Ed Winter said.
The Chief Executive Officer said passenger traffic between the major cities of Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, which have a combined population of over 8 million people, has been limited by high air fares which has excluded large parts of the local population from air travel.
“We expect to stimulate the market as passengers embrace fastjet’s great value, safe,
reliable flights and move from road to the air.” He noted
Fastjet is the holding company of the low cost airline fastjet which commenced flights under the fastjet brand in Tanzania in November 2012. Fastjet Zimbabwe was successfully launched in October 2015. By adhering to international standards of safety, quality, security and reliability; fastjet has brought a new flying experience to the African market at unprecedented low prices. Utilizing its fleet of Airbus A319s, fastjet is implementing the low-cost model across Africa and its long-term strategy is to become the continent’s first low-cost, pan-African airline. The results of a customer satisfaction survey showed that 100% of customers were likely to recommend fastjet to a friend. In developing its strong brand and identity, fastjet has won and been nominated for a number of awards, including winning three Transform awards for the rebrand and launch of fastjet, the award for “Brand Strategy of the Year” at 2014’s Drum Marketing Awards in London, and the Transport Innovator Award at the 8th Transport Africa Awards 2015 in Johannesburg.