Africa becomes more accessible with Fastjet

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Parts of Africa’s economy are booming, but for years business and tourism has been stifled by a vital part of the continent’s infrastructure: transportation. Long road journeys are viewed as notoriously dangerous, and can be extremely time-consuming when the cities can be hundreds of mile apart.

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That’s why it’s exciting to hear that Fastjet has just been given clearance to start offering low-cost international flights from Tanzania to a range of African countries - including South Africa, Rwanda and Zambia.

It is thought the move will encourage British tourists to consider visiting multiple countries during their time in Africa, rather than just sticking to one particular city or destination.

The African airline was launched last year with the support of Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of Easyjet. It has promised to help revolutionise African tourism by being a low-cost alternative to the continent’s more expensive commercial airliners, ensuring that Africa becomes more accessible than ever before to visitors.

Until now, it has been notably difficult for tourists to visit several different African locations during their holidays, as multi-country trips are often only affordable when time wasn’t a priority, limiting them to backpackers and other travellers for whom time is not a constraint.

It will also enable visitors to make their holidays more varied – perhaps by mixing a safari experience in one country with the warm beaches of another.

It’s anticipated that flights between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg will prove especially popular, with one-way flights starting at £63.68 (excluding taxes).

“There will of course be benefits not just to East Africans, but to tourists as well,” said Ed Winter, fastjet’s CEO.

Charles Tizeba, Tanzania’s deputy transport minister said: “We know that improved air services are critical to opening up our economy to development, and we can be sure that infrastructure will be improved.”

Future destinations include Mombasa, Zanzibar, Entebbe and Kigal, ensuring the airline begins to become associated with being a low-cost travel solution throughout the continent.

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