Fastjet to launch international flights

Suzie Neuwirth

FASTJET, the African budget airline, today announced that it has been granted permission to launch international flights from Tanzania to South Africa, Zambia and Rwanda.

The airline, which is backed by easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou, said that it would postpone plans to launch domestic routes in South Africa so that it could start its international services as soon as possible.

“This is a monumental day in fastjet's history and brings us closer to our goal of becoming Africa's first pan continental low-cost airline,” said chief executive and chairman Ed Winter.

“To date our growth has been inhibited by lack of international routes in our network. We have expended huge effort over the past six months in obtaining these rights and we can only thank the government and population of Tanzania who have lobbied hard to allow us to gain access to the bilateral rights to operate to these countries.”