Dar-Es-Salaam — Africa's first pan-African low cost airline, fastjet, has launched ticket sales in Tanzania, ahead of the airline's first commercial flight at the end of this month.
The ticket launch marks a significant step in the company's drive to open up air travel to countless Tanzanians who previously could not afford to fly.
With air fares starting from as little as $20 (Sh1,713) before government taxes, air travel is now an affordable alternative for more people than ever before.
The airline, which has taken over Fly540, has chosen Dar-es-Salaam as its first operating base in Africa, with flights from Julius Nyerere International Airport set to commence on November 29.
As of this week, tickets are on sale for flights between Dar-es-Salaam and Kilimanjaro, as well as Dar-es-Salaam and Mwanza. Further routes will be added in the coming weeks, both domestically and to other East African destinations.
Commenting on the launch of ticket sales, fastjet Chief Executive Ed Winter said: "This is a historical moment for aviation in Tanzania, and indeed in Africa. Air travel is no longer an exclusive option for a small minority in Tanzania. fastjet will make flying an affordable option for more Tanzanians than ever before, bringing new opportunities for trade, leisure trips, and family visits. We are grateful to our partners in Tanzania for their support to date, and we look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with the people of Tanzania."
Tickets can be purchased through travel agents and fastjet's own sales desk, call centre and offices. fastjet's new web site www.fastjet.com will launch next week providing information on routes and fare schedules. The site will also soon allow tickets to be bought using credit/debit cards, as well as by mobile phone.
After Tanzania, fastjet is now setting its sights on launching its second base in Nairobi, Kenya in the coming weeks in its quest to democratize air travel in East Africa.
Once established in East Africa, fastjet has plans to launch in Accra, Ghana and Luanda and Angola.