29 November 2012

Africa: Pan-continental low-cost carrier Fastjet launched operations

Africa's first pan-continental low-cost carrier, Fastjet, commenced commercial flight operations on 29 Nov 2012 at 06:00am local time with a first aircraft flying passengers from the airline's main hub at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam to Mwanza in Tanzania. According to the airline, the flight departed on-schedule and was "almost full to capacity". It was followed by a second service to Kilimanjaro International Airport later in the morning.
Fastjet will serve the twice daily routes with three Airbus A319s - two of which have entered service, while the third joins the fleet on 03 December 2012.
The new airline has applied for flying rights to Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya, Entebbe in Uganda, Kigali in Rwanda as well as to Juba in South Sudan and will launch operations to the destinations in near future. Fastjet will therefore establish a second home base in Nairobi, Kenya, in the first quarter of 2013. Subsequent bases in the west African capitals of Accra (Ghana) and Luanda (Angola) will be added later in 2013.
One-way ticket prices for flights with Fastjet are currently starting at 32,000 Tanzanian Shillings (~US$20) excluding taxes and charges, but are expected to average around US$80.

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