fastjet, the low-cost pan-African airline, is launching flights between Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Entebbe, Uganda.
Entebbe is fastjet’s fourth international destination and the new route will be the only direct air link between the two African capitals.
Tickets for the new route go on sale today.
Flights are planned to commence on Tuesday September 16th and will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the first weeks of September, increasing to four flights a week from the September 29th.
Since Air Uganda ceased flying, the fares offered by other carriers for flights in and out of the country have risen steadily.
With its market stimulating fares, starting from as low as US$50 plus government taxes, fastjet is confident that it will have a strong competitive advantage and that this new route will be a commercial success.
Commenting on the launch, Ed Winter, chief executive of fastjet said: “We believe the launch of this route, the only direct air link between Uganda and Tanzania, will stimulate new business and tourism traffic in Uganda.
“fastjet is delighted with this opportunity to enter the Ugandan market and the support it has received from the Ugandan government and authorities.
“We look forward to commencing flights and hope this is the beginning of a wider fastjet network from Entebbe.”
fastjet operates internationally from Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg, Lusaka and Harare, and has a significant Tanzanian domestic network including flights from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya.