FastJet marks Christmas in style

FastJet, a low-cost airline, is celebrating this Christmas and New Year in style after it registered its 400,000th passenger in slightly over a year since it started flying in the country’s sky last November.

The passenger was awarded two return tickets to Zambia, as the airline plan to launch its second international route next February.

FastJet Commercial Manager Ms Jean Uku said since they launched services last year, the airline has celebrated various milestone in the past one year, including time performance of almost 100 per cent.

“It is clear that FastJet is in the minds of everyone as they plan their domestic and international flights,” Ms Uku said. The airline is the only low-cost airline operating from Tanzania with its hub at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA).

She added: “At first many of our customers were not convinced of the low cost concept, but as time passed we have made people understand and embrace it thus having our flights fully booked every time we take off.”

The 400,000th passenger was achieved on December 18th and was translated as the high mark of growth and continued trust in the travel industry. The airline, according to Ms Uku, has delivered its promise to provide services similar to those provided by their counterparts in Europe.

Fastjet has changed the air travel industry in a big way with ticket prices being as low as 32,000/- for some local destinations.

“The flexibility in terms of bags and in-flight food and drinks is left to the passenger to decide so at the end of the day one pays for what he or she uses,” she said.

The airline also boasts of giving a boost to the tourism sector in the country as many travellers including foreigners are able to move easily and comfortably whilst using fewer hours between towns.

Operating from JNIA in Dar es Salaam, fast jet travels to KIA-Kilimanjaro international airport, Mwanza and Mbeya. Johannesburg was the first international route to be launched recently and would soon start operating to Zambia. Tanzania has recorded steady and rising growth in trade with Zambia.
Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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