Speaking of Easyjet, its founder, Sir Stelios is to launch his new budget African airline, Fastjet this week.
The team behind the new airline hope to offer “people used to 12 hour bus rides the option to fly”. At £13 each way before taxes, this is a tempting prospect when flight costs are normally around £300 for a 45-minute journey.
Its first commercial flights will begin on Thursday from Tanzania’s commercial hub of Dar es Salaam. Passengers will fly in the newly branded 156-seat A319.
Chief executive, Ed Winter said of the variety of passengers Fastjet expects: “There will be everyone from people who have never flown before, to traders finding new markets, to government ministers. The idea is to give people who used to spend 12 hours on a bus to visit their relatives the option to fly for the first time.”
The website has already received over 20,000 hits in its first four days, proving a real interest from passengers.
It will start by operating domestic routes in Tanzania from Dar es Salaam to Kilimanjaro and Mwanza, but has plans to expand over the next 12 months.