Fastjet to unveil first international services

18 Jan 2013 by BusinessTraveller

African no-frills carrier Fastjet is expecting to announce its first international routes in the next few weeks with planned flights from Tanzania to South Africa and Uganda.

The airline, which is being backed by Easyjet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, launched operations in November with two domestic services from Das es Salaam in Tanzania.

Fastjet said that it “expects to announce regional routes to Entebbe in Uganda, Johannesburg in South Africa and Moroni in the Comoros Islands in the next few weeks”.

The airline is currently flying from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza and Kilimanjaro – Fastjet said it had carried 30,000 passengers during its first month of operation in December.

Fastjet has plans to become the first pan-African no-frills airline operating across the continent.

It has also launched a mobile payment service through telecoms firm Vodacom which allows customers to buy airline tickets through their phones.

“This new partnership means that today more than 9 million subscribers to M-PESA Tanzania are able to book and pay for Fastjet tickets with their mobile phones and will receive booking and payment confirmations by SMS,” said Fastjet.

“Credit and debit card payments are expected to be introduced next month, providing a further easy payment option for international passengers.”

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Report by Rob Gill

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