fastjetPan-African LCC, Fastjet has added an extra flight per week to its new Dar es Salaam –Harare route.

The inaugural flight between Dar es Salaam and Harare took off on Tuesday, marking the launch of its third international route in Africa and the only direct air link between the cities.

The new route is operated twice weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with a third flight expected to be introduced on Thursdays by the end of August.

Flights depart Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International at 19h25 and arrive at Harare International Airport at 20h55, with a flight time of two hours and 30 minutes. The return flight departs Harare at 21h35, arriving at 01h00 the following morning.

“Fastjet has responded to requests from Zimbabweans and Tanzanians asking for a direct route connecting these two cities with affordable, reliable flights,” says Ed Winter, CEO of fastjet. “Until now, travellers had to depend on lengthy road transportation or had been excluded from air travel by the significant costs of flying an indirect route through Nairobi or Johannesburg.”

Tickets for flights on the direct route went on sale in June, with fares starting as low as US$50 (R538) one-way, excluding airport and government taxes.

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

From : Tourism Update

8 August 2014