Airline unveils latest interline agreement
APRIL 3, 2014 – LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Lusaka-based regional airline Proflight Zambia has joined forces with low-cost airline fastjet, making it possible for passengers to travel efficiently between the 15 destinations serviced by the two carriers across Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania.
The alliance will see both airlines expand their reach between the two countries, while establishing Lusaka as a regional aviation hub. fastjet will service the route between Dar es Salaam and Lusaka from May 1, 2014, as well as Tanzanian domestic routes from Dar es Salaam, while Proflight will service its existing domestic routes in Zambia, and its route to Lilongwe in Malawi, from Lusaka.
Passengers can now book any of fastjet’s flights in conjunction with a Proflight ticket online at www.flyzambia.com, or at any of its sales offices countrywide. Fares combining Proflight and fastjet flights will include a free checked-in baggage allowance of 23 kgs.
“The agreement signed with fastjet is the latest step in our strategy to develop a network in the region, making air travel in Southern Africa more convenient and accessible,” said Captain Philip Lemba, Director of Government and Industry Affairs at Proflight. “We look forward to being able to combine the service and value for money that the joint initiative brings.”
“fastjet has cemented its reputation as a reliable, affordable low-cost carrier, maintaining excellent punctuality and reliability records,” says Richard Bodin, Chief Commercial Officer of fastjet. “This collaboration with Proflight Zambia adds momentum to fastjet’s vision of democratising air travel on the African continent, while boosting growing trade relationships between Zambia and Tanzania.
“An efficient aviation sector that offers passengers affordable, safe and reliable flights to the destinations of their choice is sure to boost tourism and commerce in both countries,” he adds.
The agreement sees passengers able to book flights on a single ticket from any of Proflight’s destinations – Livingstone, Ndola, Mfuwe, Chipata, Solwezi, Lower Zambezi, Mongu, Kasama and Mansa, and Lilongwe in Malawi, all via Lusaka – to Dar es Salaam, or via that city to Kilimanjaro, Mbeya and Mwanza in Tanzania, on fastjet.
Flights between Lusaka and Dar es Salaam, which take off on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, can still be booked on the Proflight system, or on the Proflight website.
Passengers affected by the changes on that route during the changeover period will be given the option to rebook on one of Proflight’s affiliated carriers: fastjet, Kenya Airways flying daily via Nairobi, or Ethiopian Airlines flying daily via Addis Ababa. Alternatively, a full refund will be given.
The agreement signed with fastjet follows similar deals signed by Proflight with Emirates and Kenya Airways, which further expand Proflight’s reach on the African continent.