African budget airline Fastjet is working to get final arrangements in place to start international flights between its base in Tanzania and South Africa.

Ahead of the release of monthly passenger statistics, the airline today said sales rose by 22% in June to £2.2 million over the previous month as it carried its 200,000th passenger on its Tanzanian network.

The carrier expects this figure to grow by at least 28,000 by the end of July and is confident of reporting further increases in sales with the imminent introduction of its flights from Tanzania to South Africa.

Chairman and chief executive Ed Winter said:
”I am delighted with our continued growth in Tanzania. I think we can justifiably state that we are becoming the airline of choice and are setting the standard by which other airlines should be judged.

“We operate on time, have huge brand awareness and are flying fuller aircraft.

“The introduction of international flights is the next big step in our development and we are all focused on getting those routes on sale as soon as possible.

“Having received the required licences, we are now just working with the authorities in South Africa to get the landing slots and other final arrangements in place.”