22 SEPTEMBER 2014
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In what is an industry first that might just catch on, fastjet, based in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), and claimed to be Africa's first budget airline, has introduced an upgrade package for luggage only.
Anyone who has flown in Africa (and it happens in other parts of the world too) has seen travellers with seemingly all their possessions checking in. They may have gone away for just the weekend but they must go shopping.
In order to cater for such clients fastjet has now announced 'freighty', an 80kgs hold baggage package. It is designed to appeal to those that fly with fastjet to either collect or purchase wholesale produce from the port and markets in Dar es Salaam to sell in their home markets. fastjet discovered that while these traders were using fastjet to travel to Dar es Salaam, they were using ground transportation to get back home. In the case of Harare for example, this equates to a three-day bus journey. The ‘freighty’ upgrade will offer passengers the opportunity to return home on a fastjet flight.
The cost of the freight upgrade package is US$80 for baggage weighing up to 80kgs. www.fastjet.com
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