Posted on: 06 August 2014 by Mark Howells
fastjet is now operating its third international route across Africa, between Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Harare in Zimbabwe.
The service was planned to be twice-weekly but as forward-booking far exceeded management expectations, with flights from Zimbabwe operating at full capacity, the airline has already decided to add in a third weekly rotation.
“We believe that affordable fares will enable more people to travel between Zimbabwe and Tanzania, strengthening the countries’ relationships and boosting their tourism and business sectors, contributing significantly to the economic growth of both countries,” Ed Winter, CEO of fastjet, explained.
The flight time between Dar es Salaam and Harare is two and a half hours and no visas are required for citizens of the two countries for visits of less than 90 days. The new air link offers a more efficient alternative to the travel options passengers previously had between the two African capitals. Before fastjet’s service began the journey would either have involved two days travelling by road or lengthy layovers flying via Nairobi or Johannesburg.
Many passengers on the Dar es Salaam – Harare route are expected to be first-time fliers.