FastJet Set to Take Off

FastJet, the African low cost airline which has already been operational in East Africa for a few months, is set to launch its first South African flight on 18 October 2013. Coincidentally, this is the date on which FlySafair intended to launch their first flight, before being ordered by the High Court to remain grounded due to not being 75% South African owned.

FastJet’s first flight route will be between Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam, the capital city of Tanzania, and the flight is set to take only two and a half hours, departing from Johannesburg at 09h15 and landing in Dar es Salaam at 11h45.

Once launched, flights on this route will take place three days per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However, depending on demand, the airline intends to consider increasing the frequency of its flights on this route.

The introduction of a low cost airline for flights on this route will offer South Africans and Tanzanians an affordable means of flying between the two countries, as current airfares on other airlines are generally very expensive.

The now insolvent 1time Airline previously offered low cost flights from Johannesburg to Zanzibar, an island forming part of Tanzania which is off the Dar es Salaam costline. This was one of its more popular routes. It will be interesting to see whether FastJet decides, in due course, to offer flights to the popular island destination of Zanzibar.

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