The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Fastjet, Jetlink Negotiations Set for Next Week

FASTJET officials are set to meet with Kenyan based Jetlink's management to fine tune a partnership deal following signing of a memorandum of understanding with the local airline recently.

According to Jetlink managing director Elly Aluvale, the Fastjet delegation will jet into the country next week to discuss how the two airlines will cooperate in business.

Fastjet whose customer numbers hit 26,414 in January recently expressed its desire to partner with Jetlink to start flights from Nairobi. It currently operates three flights between Dar es Salaam, Mwanza and Kilimanjaro all in Tanzania.

Jetlink suspended flights last October over some financial difficulties arising from currency conversion in South Sudan of about $2 million in ticket fare sales. This put the airline's liquidity in a strained position such that it could not pay for its core expenses such as fuel prompting the suspension.

After launching low cost flights within Tanzania last November, Fastjet has said it will soon start operating cross border flights from that country to Entebbe and Johannesburg.

"Having established our reputation for total reliability on Tanzanian domestic routes, we will soon be looking to offer flights to international destinations such as Johannesburg and Entebbe," said the airline in a statement posted on its website.

Fastjet passenger numbers since its launch last November totalled 58,329 as at end January according to the company's statistics.

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