Brand new African budget airline FastJet has announced its first operating base at Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
The start-up, backed by easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, will start flying in November with fares from just $20 one way excluding taxes and charges.
FastJet’s first Airbus A319 aircraft has been leased and recruiting for crew and ground staff is already well under way. The airline says its main focus will be initially on East Africa but the plan is to launch in Accra, Ghana, Luanda and Angola going forward.
FastJet chief executive Ed Winter said: "Our initial focus will be on East Africa with the airline’s first base at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where the A319 aircraft has already been approved by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority.
“This will be followed by a second base in Nairobi, Kenya, once the A319 is approved there. We look forward to bringing a great, reliable and affordable service to the people of East Africa."
The new airline will be good news for timeshare owners who want to explore resorts in the region. RCI has a number of resorts in Kenya and other locations – for resort descriptions and locations please visit the Africa section of the resort directory at www.rci.com
FastJet is the holding company for African airline Fly540, which operates from bases in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and Angola. Fly540 currently has 10 aircraft serving 25 destinations, carrying around 750,000 passengers a year.