FastJet Opens new Route to Malawi

In an announcement that compliments the *_eAFRICA_* Platform of Into SA, “FastJet Tanzania(FastJet Tanzania Booking WebPage)”: has announced that flights on its newest and sixth international route will commence on July 27 2015 between Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Lilongwe, Malawi. Services between Dar es Salaam and Lilongwe will initially operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, using Fastjet’s Airbus A319 jet aircraft with seating for up to 156 passengers.

More capacity is expected to be added by Fastjet to this route as demand increases. Tickets for flights on the direct route are on sale immediately, with fares starting from US$ 50 one-way, excluding airport and government taxes – the earlier the booking is made, the lower the fare.

Fastjet expects many of its passengers on this new route to be first time flyers who would otherwise not have been able to afford to travel by air. Research by the airline showed that 35% of its passengers were first time flyers.

“Fastjet has been able to expand its international network by working closely with the governments and civil aviation authorities of Tanzania and Malawi, who understand and value the positive impact that low-cost air travel can have on the lives of their citizens and the general economy,” said Jimmy Kibati, Fastjet Tanzania’s general manager for East Africa.

“More affordable fares make it easier for more entrepreneurs, tourists and other visitors to travel between Tanzania and Malawi, which in turn will strengthen the countries’ relationship, boost their tourism and business sectors, and contribute significantly to both countries’ economic growth.”

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