Posted on: 25 April 2016 by Mark Howells
fastjet has announced that it has now flown more than two million passengers across the African continent after passing that landmark in recent days.
Peace Mteketa Matovu – one of fastjet’s first time flyers – was named the airline’s two millionth passenger during her return trip between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. To mark the occasion, she was presented with a bouquet of flowers at Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport.
Since its launch in November 2012, fastjet has flown more than 21,800 flights between its domestic routes connecting Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Kilimanjaro, Mbeya and Zanzibar in Tanzania, and its international routes to Johannesburg in South Africa, Lusaka in Zambia, Harare and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Entebbe in Uganda and Nairobi in Kenya.
“fastjet has flown just over 21,800 flights and has grown its fleet to five A319 aircraft,” noted Richard Bodin, fastjet’s chief operating officer. “We have also increased flights to more than 250 scheduled return flights a week across our network, making air travel affordable and accessible to more Africans and enabling them to fly more often for business and leisure.”
fastjet’s busiest destination from Dar es Salaam is Mwanza with nearly 829,000 passengers flying into and out of there since flights started in November 2012.
“fastjet has remained committed to stimulating business and tourism on the African continent, and these figures give an insight into the impact that low-cost air travel has already had – and the potential that it offers for future growth,” added Bodin. “We’ve made it possible for entrepreneurs to be spared the time it would have taken them to travel between cities by road, for families who would otherwise be disconnected by distance to reconnect with one another, and for tourists to connect to some of the continent’s most remarkable destinations, such as Kilimanjaro and Victoria Falls.”
Highlighting the impact that affordable air travel can have on the growth of African economies is the $22 million figure in airport and government fees and taxes that fastjet Tanzania estimates it has collected from its passengers on behalf of the various countries and airports from which it flies. Furthermore, the company has committed $15 million to growth and development in Zimbabwe, in support of the Zimbabwean government’s goal of growing inbound tourism.
“fastjet continues to engage with governments and civil aviation authorities on the continent to expand its network,” Bodin remarked. “It took us two years to fly our first million passengers, and just 15 months to fly the next million. We’re looking forward to making it possible for more people to fly to more destinations, with nearly four out of ten fastjet passengers flying for the first time.”