3 AUGUST 2015
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Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) to Lilongwe (Malawi) is the latest introduction by Fastjet, the Pan African low-cost airline’s sixth route.
The Dar es Salaam – Lilongwe flights will initially operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, flown by one of the carrier’s Airbus A319 jet aircraft with seating for up to 156 passengers. The journey by road between the two cities takes at least 21 hours, travelling 1,520km around Lake Malawi.
With its low-cost fares, fastjet Tanzania 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. Research in December 2014 showed that 35% of passengers were first time flyers.
Fastjet will be offering its ‘Freighty’ luggage (See BTN 22 September 2014) option which allows passengers to transport up to 80kgs of checked in bags, as well as its ‘Smart Class’ fares, which include pre-booked premium seat selection, increased baggage allowance of 32kgs and the ability to change flight dates.
Fastjet already operates domestically from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza, Mbeya and Kilimanjaro, as well as between Kilimanjaro and Mwanza, and internationally between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg (South Africa), Lusaka (Zambia), Entebbe (Uganda) and Harare (Zimbabwe). Kilimanjaro to Entebbe is another route. www.fastjet.com
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