Posted on: 29 November 2013 by Mark Howells
Fastjet has launched its second international route from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Lusaka, Zambia, the announcement coinciding with the anniversary of the airline’s first commercial flight.
Despite strong trading between Tanzania and Zambia, driven in part by landlocked Zambia's reliance on Dar es Salaam's port, there is currently no direct air link between Dar es Salaam and Lusaka. Fastjet says a steady increase in the 25-hour cross-border journeys undertaken by both Tanzanians and Zambians by road demonstrates a need for affordable air travel on the route.
Flights will initially operate twice a week, with the first scheduled to take place on 1 February 2014.
Ed Winter, CEO and interim chairman of fastjet commented, "Building on the successes of the past year, the launch of our second international route to Lusaka moves fastjet further along the path to becoming a truly pan African carrier.
"We are incredibly pleased that, in accordance with our planned growth strategy, the roll-out of our international route network is now gaining real momentum and we are fulfilling our promise to the people of Africa to democratise air travel across the continent. We look forward to bringing the benefits of affordable, high-quality air travel to the people of Zambia"
On the first 12 months of fastjet operations, Winter added, "It is extremely exciting to be celebrating fastjet's one year anniversary, and we are immensely proud of our achievements over the past year. It is not only the hard work and dedication of our people that has made our first year a success, but also the overwhelming support of our passengers and the Tanzanian government, whom we would like to wholeheartedly thank."