Fastjet weighs up more flights to meet demand

New African budget carrier Fastjet is weighing up additional flights after future bookings outstripped supply.

Eight services were flown yesterday on two routes in Tanzania with more than 900 paying passengers flown at an average load factor of 78%.

Three of the eight sectors flown exceeded a load factor of 90%, according to the airline.

The airline’s first aircraft flew from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza, and Dar es Salaam to Kilimanjaro.

“Additional flights to these destinations are already being considered, and the company also intends to expand its route network regionally over the coming weeks as the fleet grows to three Airbus A319s,” a statement said.

Chief executive Ed Winter said: “We are pleased to see reservations and bookings continuing to grow.

“The demand for this type of air travel has far exceeded the company’s expectations.

“Yesterday’s passengers ranged from business people through to many first time flyers who were using Fastjet as an economic alternative to conventional bus transport.

“Clearly, as predicted, our low cost model is stimulating a whole new market of people to fly.”

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