9 DECEMBER 2013
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Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)-based fastjet celebrated its first anniversary in early December by announcing a second international route.
The airline, which operates three ex-easyJet Airbus A319-100 aircraft, is set to introduce the new route from Dar es Salaam's Julius Nyerere airport to Lusaka in Zambia on 1 February, 2014.
According to the airline: “Despite strong trading between Tanzania and Zambia, driven in part by landlocked Zambia's reliance on Dar es Salaam's port, there is currently no direct air link between Dar es Salaam and Lusaka. A steady increase in the onerous, 25 hour cross-border journeys undertaken by both Tanzanians and Zambians by road, demonstrates a real need for affordable air travel between the two countries, which fastjet intends to fulfil by launching its flights along this route.”
This new route will supplement fastjet’s sector to Johannesburg in South Africa and its domestic network within Tanzania to Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, Mwanza and Zanzibar.
The airline was initially created through the acquisition of Fly540, a carrier operating in East Africa, and flights in fastjet's own name commenced in November 2012. During its first year the airline has carried over 355,000 passengers, many of whom were first-time fliers. www.fastjet.com
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