Fastjet recently opened sales for its first international route, between Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Johannesburg, South Africa, with fares starting at $100.
Initially, flights will operate three times a week with the first flight scheduled for Sept. 27. The company says it intends to increase the frequency of flights in line with market demand. The airline expects to add further international destinations including Lusaka, Zambia, to its flying program in the near future.
Fastjet CEO Ed Winter, said: “Despite a number of challenges, Fastjet is now able to respond to huge consumer demand and provide an alternative and affordable link between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg. We expect our lower fares to stimulate a huge increase in the numbers of passengers traveling on this route, as has been the case on our domestic routes in Tanzania.”
Richard Bodin, Chief Commercial Officer of Fastjet, added: “For some time the Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg route has only been operated by one airline [South Africa Airways], and the lack of competition has created inflated fares. Fastjet will substantially reduce the average fare and in doing so will encourage more leisure and business traffic between Tanzania and South Africa."
For more information or to book tickets, go to www.fastjet.com/us/.