Fastjet, Africa’s first low-cost carrier, is opening its ticket sales for flights between Tanzania and South Africa on 31 July. Special introductory ticket prices start at $100 (excluding government taxes and charges) between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg.
Fastjet’s facebook ‘friends’ will get first option to book flights tomorrow and seats will go on general release on 1 August.
Initially, flights on the route will operate three times a week and the first flight is scheduled for 27 September. The airline expects the demand for seats on fastjet’s Airbus A319s to be high, and will increase the frequency of flights in line with market demand.
The airline expects to add further international destinations including Lusaka, Zambia, to its flying programme in the near future.
“For some time the Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg route has only been operated by one airline and the lack of competition has created inflated fares,” says Richard Bodin, Chief Commercial Officer of fastjet. “Fastjet will substantially reduce the average fare and in doing so will encourage more leisure and business traffic between Tanzania and South Africa.”