Low-cost airline expands its pan-African network with daily direct international routes from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro.
Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday 5th January 2016 – fastjet has announced that its newest international routes will commence on 11th January 2016 from Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to Nairobi, Kenya.
fastjet Tanzania 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, as previously approved by the Tanzanian Government.
fastjet additionally announced that it expects to launch flights between Zanzibar and Nairobi as well as Dar es Salaam and Mombasa later in 2016.
Return flights from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport will initially operate daily, using fastjet’s modern Airbus A319 jet aircraft with seating for up to 156 passengers.
More flights are expected to be added by fastjet to these routes as consumer demand increases for its affordable, safe, quick and on-time service.
Tickets for flights on the new routes are on sale immediately, with Nairobi/Kilimanjaro fares starting from US$50 one-way, and Nairobi/Dar es Salaam fares starting from US$80 one-way. Fares exclude government taxes (US$50 departing Tanzania and US$40 departing Kenya), fastjet recommends passengers book early to take advantage of its lowest priced fares.
fastjet fares will be significantly lower than the fares currently charged by the airlines currently operating direct flights between the two countries.
“The travelling public pay prohibitively high fares for regional air travel, as the lack of competition on many routes keeps prices artificially high, making air travel beyond the reach of most,” says Jimmy Kibati, fastjet General Manager for East Africa.
“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 these high air fares which we believe, have excluded large percentages of citizens from air travel,” says Kibati.
The impact of fastjet arrival into Kenya has already been substantial, with Kibati pointing out that on the day that fastjet announced that it would commence flights between Kenya and Tanzania, the cheapest fare with airlines currently flying between the two countries suddenly dropped by as much as 40%.
“The basic fact is that competition is good for consumers. It brings choice and it brings air fares down. Affordable fares will make it easier for more entrepreneurs, tourists and other visitors to travel between Tanzania and Kenya,” says Kibati.
“This in turn will strengthen the two countries’ relationship, boost tourism and business, and contribute significantly to both countries’ economic growth. That can only be a good thing,” he continues.
Kibati noted that the only alternative to flying is to undertake long and arduous journeys by road, which can take more than 12 hours from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam. As has been the case with other routes that fastjet has launched, he expects many of its passengers to be first time flyers who would otherwise not have been able to afford to travel by air.
Supporting this expectation is research undertaken by fastjet, showing that more than one third of its passengers were first time flyers able to afford air travel for the first time.
“Affordable air travel is key to the growth of economies across Africa, and fastjet has been able to announce these new routes by working closely with the governments and civil aviation authorities of Tanzania and Kenya, 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 Kibati.
“We are very grateful to the transportation ministries and the civil aviation authorities in both Kenya and Tanzania for working together to make it possible for fastjet to realise our vision of growing the number of consumers who can access the convenience of affordable air travel,” continued Kibati.
fastjet’s daily flights will depart from Dar es Salaam at 09h50 and land in Nairobi at 11h10. The return flight from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam departs at 14h40, landing at 16h05 (all local times).
Kilimanjaro flights will depart Nairobi at 11h40 and land in Kilimanjaro at 12h40. The return flight from Kilimanjaro to Nairobi will depart at 13h10, landing at 14h10 (all local times).
fastjet keeps fares as low as possible by not including a charge for baggage and refreshments, but both are available for purchase if the passenger desires.
Also available for purchase on these route will be fastjet’s luggage upgrade option, ‘Freighty’, that allows passengers to transport up to 80kg of checked-in bags for US$80. The Freighty luggage option in particular is expected to be popular with traders flying with fastjet to purchase wholesale produce internationally to transport back to their home markets to sell.
Bookings can be made online at www.fastjet.com, through fastjet approved travel agents or by contacting fastjet’s call centre on 0784 108 900. Payment for tickets can be made with cash, online with a credit card, or with mobile payments.
fastjet already operates internationally between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg in South Africa, Lusaka in Zambia, Entebbe in Uganda, Harare in Zimbabwe and Lilongwe in Malawi. fastjet additionally operates the Kilimanjaro to Entebbe route.
fastjet also flies domestically in Tanzania from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza, Mbeya, Kilimanjaro as well as between Kilimanjaro and Mwanza. Flights from Dar es Salaam to and from Zanzibar commence on the 11th January 2016.
fastjet Kenya, a separate company within the fastjet group, announced in October 2015 that it had been granted an air service licence (ASL) by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). The granting of the ASL cleared the way for fastjet Kenya to begin the application process for an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) which, when received, will allow the airline to operate domestic flights within Kenya.
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