Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

3 January 2013

Tanzania: Fastjet Gets TCCA Consumer Council Nod

THE aviation industry's Consumer Consultative Council (CCC) has asked airline companies to stop nagging about the entry of low cost airline, Fastjet, in the local market and instead live up to the competition to make air travel affordable to many.

The Chairman of Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA-CCC), Mr Juma Fimbo, told a news conference yesterday that the introduction of low cost airlines by Easy Jet was not meant to disrupt the activities of other airlines in the country.

"There have been complaints from various quarters about Fastjet but we want to assure all stakeholders that the services are not meant to disrupt anyone's interests," he said, adding that the aim was to enable as many Tanzanians as possible to travel by air.

He noted that Fastjet's services are different from traditional ones as they do not offer in-flight services such as food, refreshments and baggage handling and where and when one needs them they would have to pay for them. According to Mr Fimbo, in traditional business model the costs are in-built in the fare structure.

"There is need for the people complaining about Fastjet services to understand the concept behind low cost air travel," he said. He said the Fastjet is a huge relief to many Tanzanians and its services should be supported by customers, airline companies and other stakeholders.

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