Fastjet set for international debut after delay

Fastjet set for international debut after delay

African budget carrier Fastjet’s first international route is due to take off this week following a delayed launch.

The airline confirmed that the service between Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Johannesburg in South Africa is due to start on Friday.

The route launch was originally planned for September 27 but was postponed due to “unexpected administrative delays” by authorities in South Africa.

Flights between the two cities will initially run three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with frequency to be increased as soon as consumer demand dictates.

Chief executive and interim chairman Ed Winter said: "The South African Department of Transport has completed its review of the additional documents it requested and has issued an updated foreign operator permit.

“Fastjet is delighted that, in line with our expansion strategy, operations can now commence on this route.

"Until now, flying between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg has been prohibitively expensive for many people. The launch of this service offers a new, affordable and reliable option to both Tanzanians and South Africans."


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