The deal has previously been approved by the Tanzanian government,clearing the way for takeoff. Two new routes, Dar es Salaam to Nairobi, and Kilimanjaro to Nairobi were on sale from Wednesday.

From January 11th, 2016, Fastjet Tanzania will operate daily flight between Dar es Salaam and Nairobi and between Kilimanjaro and Nairobi. Flights between Zanzibar and Nairobi and Dar es Salaam and Mombasa are also expected to be added to the network later in 2016.

Ed Winter, chief executive, Fastjet, said: “Fastjet Tanzania has been working towards the launch of these routes for some time and we are extremely pleased that clearance has now been granted to commence operations.

“To date, passenger traffic between the major cities of Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, which have combined population of over 8 million people, has been limited by high air fares which we believe, have excluded large parts of the local population from air travel.

“The only alternative to flying is to undertake a long and difficult journey by road, which can take up to 12 hours.” “As has been the case with other routes that we have launched, we expect to stimulate the market as passengers embrace Fastjet’s great value, safe, reliable flights and move from road to the air.”

Fastjet said the “prolonged’ after-effects meant fewer government officials and civil servants took flights. The company had hoped to copy the success of EasyJet in Europe- but it is taking longer than expected.


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