Posted on: 03 April 2014 by Mark Howells
fastjet has signed an agreement with Lusaka-based regional airline Proflight Zambia, which will enable passengers of both airlines to travel easily between the 15 destinations across Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania served by the two carriers.
This alliance not only will see both airlines expand in reach but also establish Lusaka as a regional aviation hub.
fastjet will solely service the route between Dar es Salaam and Lusaka from 1 May 2014, as well as Tanzanian domestic routes from Dar es Salaam, while Proflight will operate its existing domestic routes in Zambia, and its route to Lilongwe in Malawi, from Lusaka.
fastjet passengers are now able to book Proflight flights in conjunction with a fastjet ticket either online or at any of the airline’s sales offices. Fares combining Proflight and fastjet flights will include a free checked-in baggage allowance of 23 kg.
“fastjet has cemented its reputation as a reliable, affordable low-cost carrier, maintaining excellent punctuality and reliability records,” noted Richard Bodin, chief commercial officer of fastjet. “This collaboration with Proflight Zambia adds momentum to fastjet's vision of democratising air travel on the African continent, while boosting growing trade relationships between Zambia and Tanzania.
“An efficient aviation sector that offers passengers affordable, safe and reliable flights to the destinations of their choice is sure to boost tourism and commerce in both countries,” Bodin added.
“The agreement signed with fastjet is the latest step in our strategy to develop a network in the region, making air travel in Southern Africa more convenient and accessible,” commented Captain Philip Lemba, director of government and industry affairs at Proflight. “We look forward to being able to combine the service and value for money that the joint initiative brings.”