fastjet launches new domestic route in Tanzania

Tickets have gone on sale for fastjet's new domestic route in Tanzania, between Dar es Salaam and Mbeya.

The low-cost African airline made the announcement on Wednesday and said flights to Mbeya's new Songwe airport will commence on November 1 and initially operate three times a week.

The newly-developed Songwe airport serves not only the city of Mbeya, but also the densely populated cross-border regions of northern Zambia and Malawi.

Commenting on the launch, Ed Winter, fastjet CEO said: "We have been inundated with requests from passengers for fastjet to operate a service on this route, and are extremely pleased to be launching ticket sales today, building on the success of our existing Tanzanian operation. The Government of Tanzania has invested a considerable sum to develop this brand new airport and the regeneration of its infrastructure is due to be completed in October, allowing us to commence flights on the 1st November. "

fastjet CCO Richard Bodin added: "The launch of flights between Mbeya's Songwe airport and Julius Nyerere airport in Dar es Salaam demonstrates that we are committed to delivering on our promise to the Tanzanian population to fly to airports that are sufficiently developed to accept our modern jets. We are offering fares starting at our trademark price of $20 (Tsh 32,000) excluding fees and taxes, and are confident that this will not only stimulate both commercial and leisure traffic but also give passengers an alternative to long and arduous journeys by road."

Demand for the route is expected to be high.

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