Fastjet launch fast approaching


Budget airline, FastJet is set to commence flight operations in Tanzania next month, as it awaits approval to operate in Kenya. Fastjet Chief Commercial Officer, Richard Bodin said that they would be offering fares as low as $20, depending on how early customers book their tickets.

Fastjet is owned by international investment firm Rubicon, which acquired a 49% stake in Fly540. The company, which has received the nod from Tanzania’s civil aviation authorities, will deploy an Airbus A319 aircraft in Dar es Salaam next month, with tickets going on sale a few weeks earlier. “Our initial focus will be on East Africa, with the airline’s first base in Dar es Salaam,” said Bodin.

“This will be followed by a second base in Nairobi, once the A319 is approved there.” The company has applied for approval to operate budget flights in Kenya, alongside Kenya Airways, which intends to launch its own low-cost airline, Jambo Jet.

Fastjet will have a maximum of four flights per day, with the biggest flight enjoying a capacity of 156 passengers. It also has plans to launch in Ghana and Angola, once it is established in East Africa.

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