Low-cost airline expands its pan-African network with a new, direct international route between commercial centres of Dar es Salaam and Lilongwe
Fastjet Tanzania has announced that its newest and fifth 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 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.
Flights will depart Dar es Salaam at 10h25 and land in Lilongwe at 11h05, with a flight time of 1 hours 40 minutes. The return flight to Dar es Salaam departs at 11h40, landing at 14h20 (all local times).
Tickets for flights on the direct route are on sale immediately, with fares starting from US$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 US$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, which showed that 35% 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.
Bookings can be made online at www.fastjet.com/tz, through any fastjet office, or at travel agents. Payment for tickets can be made with cash, online with a credit card, or through Mpesa and Tigo Pesa.
“The addition of this new international route between Dar es Salaam and Lilongwe to the fastjet network emphasises our vision of becoming a true low-cost pan-African airline, and is evidence of our growing success,” says Kibati.
“Affordable air travel is key to the growth of economies across Africa. It is expensive and time-consuming to build roads to connect cities, inconvenient for people to travel over land, and even if there are existing airlines flying a route, they still exclude the majority of a country’s citizens due to the high cost of those flights.”
fastjet Tanzania already operates domestically from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza, Mbeya and Kilimanjaro, as well as between Kilimanjaro and Entebbe, and internationally between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg in South Africa, Lusaka in Zambia, Entebbe in Uganda, and Harare in Zimbabwe.