5 August 2015

South Africa: No Direct Route Between Malawi and South Africa

Africa's low cost airline 'Fastjet' says currently it has no plans of introducing a direct route from Malawi to South Africa despite facing an increase in demand.

Speaking to Malawi24, officials from 'Fastjet' said they have registered an increase base of customers travelling from Dar es Salaam to Lilongwe.

He uttered, that the company has no plans of having direct route between Malawi and South Africa. The official cited they are looking on to fly to South Africa from Zambia and Zimbabwe.

"Fastjet have advised that the route is doing really well, and expect to increase flights on the route as demand grows. At this stage Fastjet do not have a route between Malawi and South Africa. They have a Dar es Salaam - Johannesburg route, and will look to fly to South Africa from Zambia and Zimbabwe once the airline receives the necessary licenses," stated one of the official.

Malawi is the sixth Tanzanian destination in the Fastjet network, which already includes Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.

Fastjet offers over 45,000 seats on more than 300 flights per month and expects to add Lusaka in Zambia to its network.

Bookings on the new route are extremely strong with passenger loads of over 90% on the first day's flights.

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