Posted on: 30 June 2015 by Ross McSweeny
fastjet Tanzania is to begin flights on its new international route between Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Lilongwe, Malawi, on 27 July 2015.
Services will initially operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, using Airbus A319s with seating for up to 156 passengers. The airline expects to add more capacity on the route as demand increases.
Flights will depart Dar es Salaam at 10:25 and land in Lilongwe at 11:05, with a flight time of 1 hour 40 minutes. The return flight to Dar es Salaam departs at 11:40, landing at 14:20 (all local times).
fastjet says its fares will be significantly lower than those charged by the full-service airlines currently operating direct flights between the two cities.
“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,” remarked 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 added. “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.”