FASTJET airline has increased the number of flights on its Lusaka – Dar es Salaam route in response to strong passenger demand, says chief commercial officer Richard Bodin.
Mr Bodin said the flight’s expanded schedule will result in approximately 1,000 extra seats each week added to the Fastjet flights between the two cities.
He said Fastjet had already signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the purchase of an Airbus A319 jet aircraft expected to be ready for operations by the end of September and was planned as the first aircraft for the Fastjet Zambia fleet.
He said the airline currently operated the route four times a week.
“Previously with flights four times a week, Fastjet will now offer daily flights on its route from Lusaka to Dar es Salaam providing Zambians with increased and more convenient travel options at affordable fares,” he said.
Mr Bodin said that the new daily flight schedule will commence on September 13 and tickets for the additional flights were currently on sale.
He said fares start from as little as US$50 one-way, excluding government taxes.
“We have always promised to increase the frequency on our route between Lusaka and Dar es Salaam as and when our customers demand it. The increased daily frequencies emphasize our commitment to growing our flight schedule in Zambia, making air travel easy, safe and affordable,” he said.
Mr Bodin said with the low-cost fares, Fastjet was making air travel more accessible than ever before for Zambians, with many of its passengers being first time flyers who would otherwise not have been able to afford to travel by air.
He said the company recently concluded a recruitment drive to provide employment opportunities for Zambian people, including pilots, crew, sales and customer support staff.
Mr Bodin said the proposed key domestic routes that could be served with this aircraft by Fastjet Zambia were between Lusaka, Ndola and Livingstone.
He further said that Fastjet Zambia also intended to establish international routes initially between Lusaka and Johannesburg in South Africa, Nairobi in Kenya, and Harare in Zimbabwe.
The airline further said that it was in the final stages of its application to the Zambian Department of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Transport for an Air Operating Certificate (AOC) for Fastjet Zambia.