FASTJET ANNOUNCES LAUNCH DATE FOR LUSAKA FLIGHTS
(Posted 30th November 2013)
FastJet yesterday announced the launch date for their second international destination out of their base in Dar es Salaam. It will be Lusaka / Zambia and flights are due to commence on February 01st 2014, subject to all regulatory approvals, this pointed out as a result of the South African civil aviation body only recently pulling a fast one on FastJet, pun intended, when they halted the inaugural flight just hours before takeoff over sudden requests for additional documentation, in airline lingo and reading between the lines a message that they had bowed to pressure from a third party at the time to keep FastJet off the route for a bit longer.
FastJet will use their Airbus A319 for their next destination and has proposed to fly initially twice a week, joining Zambia’s Pro-Flight on the route. Cost for the ticket was given as approximately US Dollars 75, one way, and in typical FastJet style subject to all regulatory fees and taxes. This position of advertising only a fragment figure of what a traveller has to pay continues to baffle both consumer advocate groups and aviation observers, why the airline cannot, as it by the way has to under local law in South Africa, show the full cost of the ticket a client has to pay, always with the rider of course of extra charges for checked in baggage.
Watch this space for news updates nearer to the time of the inaugural flight, and to learn of any other new destinations FastJet may intend to launch until then.