By Claire Wanja/Statement
fastjet has increased the number of flights on its route between Dar es Salaam and and Nairobi in response to strong passenger demand.
From next week, fastjet will offer two daily return flights between each city every day of the week, making a total of 28 flights per week between Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport and Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The airline, which currently operates one daily flight between the two cities, has increased its flight frequency to provide passengers with a convenient early morning and evening flight service.
The morning flight will depart Dar es Salaam at 06h00 and land in Nairobi at 07h20. The return flight will take off from Nairobi at 07h50, and will land back in Dar es Salaam at 09h15.
The new evening flight will depart Dar es Salaam at 20h15 and land in Nairobi at 21h35. The return flight will depart Nairobi at 22h05 and land back in Dar es Salaam at 23h30.
The expanded schedule will result in nearly 19,000 seats each month on fastjet flights between the two cities, providing travellers with more convenient travel options at affordable fares.
“We have always promised to increase the frequency on our route between Dar es Salaam and Nairobi as consumer demand grew for our affordable, safe, quick and on-time service,” said Jimmy Kibati, fastjet General Manager for East Africa.
Kibati noted that since fastjet started flying on between Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, they have estimated that up to a third of its passengers are been first time flyers who would otherwise not have been able to afford to travel by air between the two cities.
The announcement of an extra 14 flights a week just two months after fastjet starting flying between the two countries on 11 January 2016 emphasizes fastjet’s commitment to grow the number of consumers who can access the convenience of affordable air travel.
“The additional evening return flights mean that passengers can schedule meetings in either Dar es Salaam or Nairobi, and travel to their destination city and back home within the same day,” said Kibati “This convenience and choice is great for business passengers under pressure to maximise time and cost savings, and who do not want to overnight for just one or two meetings.”
The impact of fastjet flights to and from Kenya has already been substantial, with Kibati pointing out that on the day that fastjet announced that it would commence flights between Tanzania and Kenya, the cheapest fare with other airlines flying between the two countries suddenly dropped by as much as 40%.
“The basic fact is that competition is good for consumers. It brings choice and it brings air fares down. Affordable fares will make it easier for more entrepreneurs, tourists and other visitors to travel between Tanzania and Kenya,” says Kibati