fastjet’s first flight between Dar es Salaam and Entebbe takes off

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By admin September 16, 2014 19:43

fastjet’s first flight between Dar es Salaam and Entebbe takes off

fastjet’s inaugural flight between Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Entebbe in Uganda took off today, 16 September 2014, marking the launch of the low-cost airline’s fourth international route in Africa.

Flights between Dar es Salaam and Entebbe take off on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 16 September and 25 September 2014, with frequency doubling to Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 29 September 2014.

Tickets for flights on the direct route went on sale in early September 2014, with fares starting as low as US$50 one-way, excluding airport and government taxes.

The flight distance over Africa’s Lake Victoria – the largest inland body of water in Africa – is just over 1,000km and takes one hour and 45 minutes on one of fastjet’s A319 jet aircraft.

Previously, those wishing to travel between the two cities would have an approximate 23 hour journey by road to cover the 1,700km distance, with travellers having to journey around Lake Victoria, or they had to fly via Nairobi in Kenya, doubling the flight time and potentially involving lengthy layovers.

Nationals of East African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda) do not require visas to travel to the other EAC member states.

“fastjet has responded to requests from Ugandans and Tanzanians asking for a direct route between the two cities with affordable, reliable flights,” says Ed Winter, Chief Executive Officer of fastjet. “Until now, travellers had to depend on lengthy road transportation or have been excluded from air travel by the significant costs of flying between the two cities, with cheapest flights up until now costing more than US$240 one-way on average.”

“We are thrilled that fastjet is expanding its international route network to include Entebbe, and that in doing so it is bringing its low-cost, reliable and safe service to the people of Uganda,” Winter says. “We believe that affordable fares will enable more people to travel between Uganda and Tanzania, strengthening the countries’ relationships and boosting their business and tourism sectors, contributing significantly to the economic growth of both countries.”

“fastjet’s entry into Uganda demonstrates our on-going commitment to the improvement of Africa’s aviation industry. We look forward to continuing discussions with the Government of Uganda regarding fastjet’s further expansion in Uganda.”

fastjet operates internationally from Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg, Lusaka, Harare and now Entebbe, and has a significant Tanzanian domestic network including flights from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya.

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