July passenger revenue at African budget carrier was up by 10% to more than $2.5 million over the previous month.

The rise was helped by increased passenger carryings on existing routes in Tanzania and the re-introduction of Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar flights.

A 17% increase in ancillary revenues was achieved in the month, which saw overall revenues rise by $700,000 since May.

“We are particularly pleased with these results given the fact that Ramadan, a period when travel and business activity traditionally reduces, fell over the last 21 days of the month,” the airline said.

Fastjet is due to start its first international route, between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg, on September 27. The carrier has applied to operate a number of other unspecified international services.

Chairman and chief executive Ed Winter said: 
”These are excellent figures. They show the strength of our brand and the support we are receiving from the Tanzanian population.

“We expected the drop in travel over the religious period to be challenging, but our figures suggest that the Fastjet proposition is gaining popularity. This only bodes well for the future.

“The introduction of international flights is critical for our future and we are delighted to have now launched ticket sales for the route to Johannesburg.

“We are confident that we will be adding more international routes our flying programme in the near future.”