FastJet to Add Second International Route Flying Tanzania-Zambia

FastJet Plc (FJET), seeking to establish discount flights across sub-Saharan Africa, said it will add a second international route starting Feb. 1, serving the Zambian capital Lusaka from its base in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The service will tap trading links driven by Zambia’s reliance on Dar es Salaam port, from where there is currently no direct air link with Lusaka and a cross-border road journey of 25 hours, London-based FastJet said in a statement.

FastJet, which began flying a year ago today, commenced its first international operation on Oct. 18, serving Johannesburg from Dar es Salaam, after initially offering only domestic trips in Tanzania as it sought to secure route rights. Tickets for the twice-weekly Zambia link go on sale next week.

“The launch of our second international route to Lusaka moves FastJet further along the path to becoming a truly pan-African carrier,” Chief Executive Officer Ed Winter said. “The roll-out of our network is now gaining real momentum.”

Bookings across the network “look strong,” with early indicators pointing to a successful festive season, FastJet said. It carried almost 34,000 people last month with a load factor of 70 percent, even after a 14 percent capacity boost.

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