fastjet has operated its first flights to Kenya, with planes taking off from Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania bound for Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Flights are set to operate daily, with one way fares starting from as low as at USD80 and USD50 respectively, plus tax.
fastjet Tanzania was given clearance by the Kenyan government in December to operate flights between Kenya and Tanzania under the Bilateral Air Services Agreement between the two countries, as previously approved by the Tanzanian Government.
Commenting, Ed Winter, Chief Executive Officer of fastjet plc, said: “Today’s flights are an important milestone in fastjet’s development and mark a significant achievement for the Company. We have been working towards the launch of these routes for some time and are excited to be bringing our proven low-cost model to a new destination.
“As has been the case when we have previously launched new routes, we expect to stimulate the market as passengers embrace our great value, safety and reliability. Until now, flights between these destinations have been prohibitively expensive for a great number of people; we look forward to bringing the benefits of low-cost air travel to them.”
fastjet GM East Africa Jimmy Kibati described the impact of the airline’s entry into the Kenya market as “considerable” and noted competing airlines reduced airfares by up to 40% (Standard Media, 12-Jan-2016). Mr Kibati said the airline expects many first time flyers on its Kenya services.