Fastjet to become first operator of direct service
Africa's new budget airline Fastjet is to launch services between Dar es Salaam and Harare in Zimbabwe, marking the third international route for the company which began low-cost flights 18 months ago from its Dar es Salaam base.
The twice-weekly direct service between the two cities will begin on 5 August, operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Tickets can be purchased from $50 (excluding government charges and taxes) marking a significant discount from Fastjet's competitors, none of which offer direct flights despite commerical and cultural ties between the two cities.
Dar es Salaam port is used extensively for trade purposes by landlocked Zimbabwe whose tourist attractions such as Victoria Falls attract regular visitors from Tanzania.
Fastjet's other two existing destinations are Johannesburg in South Africa and Lusaka in Zambia. Separately, South African airline Interair has begun operations between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg, initially three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This makes three companies operating that route: Fastjet, South African Airways and now Interair.