fastjet announces new route linking Tanzania and Malawi
JULY 1, 2015: fastjet Tanzania has announced that flights on its newest and sixth international route will commence on 27th July 2015 between Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Lilongwe, Malawi. Services between Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport and Malawi’s Lilongwe International Airport will initially operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, using fastjet’s modern Airbus A319 jet aircraft with seating for up to 156 passengers. More capacity is expected to be added by fastjet to this route as demand increases for its safe, quick, affordable and on-time service. Tickets for flights on the direct route are on sale immediately, with fares starting from $50 one-way, excluding airport and government taxes with the fastjet promise that the earlier the booking is made, the lower the fare. fastjet fares will be significantly lower than fares charged by the other full-service airlines currently operating direct flights between the two cities. In fact, one way, all-inclusive fares between the two cities cannot be found lower than $359 during the month of August. With its low-cost fares, fastjet expects many of its passengers on this new route to be first time flyers who would otherwise not have been able to afford to travel by air. Supporting this expectation is the research undertaken by the airline in December 2014, which showed that 35 percent of its passengers were first time flyers. “fastjet has been able to expand its international network by working closely with the governments and civil aviation authorities of Tanzania and Malawi, 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 Jimmy Kibati, fastjet Tanzania’s General Manager for East Africa. “More affordable fares makes it easier for more entrepreneurs, tourists and other visitors to travel between Tanzania and Malawi which in turn will strengthen the countries’ relationship, boost their tourism and business sectors, and contribute significantly to both countries’ economic growth,” Kibati adds.