HARARE – fastjet, the low-cost pan-African airline, has increased the number of flights on its route from Harare to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.\r\n\r\n\r\nfastjet will now offer daily flights on its route from Harare International Airport to Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport up from the previous four per week.\r\n\r\nThe expanded schedule will see approximately 1 000 extra seats each week added to the flights between the two cities. The new daily flight schedule will commence on September 13.\r\n\r\nfastjet chief commercial officer Mr Richard Bodin said the increase in flights is in response to strong passenger demand.\r\n\r\n“We have always promised to increase the frequency on our routes between Harare and Dar es Salaam as and when our customers demand it. The increased daily frequencies emphasise our commitment to growing our flight schedule in Zimbabwe,” he said.\r\n\r\n“We really are thrilled at the positive reception that fastjet has enjoyed in Zimbabwe,” said Mr Bodin. “With our low-cost fares, fastjet is making air travel more accessible than ever before for Zimbabweans, with many of our passengers being first time flyers who would otherwise not have been able to afford to travel by air.”\r\nfastjet’s announcement of its new daily frequency to Dar es Salaam follows the airline’s announcement that it is in the final stages of its application to the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe for an Air Operating Certificate (AOC) for fastjet Zimbabwe, which once issued, means that formal approval has been secured for fastjet to sevice domestic routes.\r\n\r\nProposed key domestic routes that could be served with this aircraft by fastjet Zimbabwe are between Harare, Victoria Falls and Bulawayo. fastjet Zimbabwe also intends establishing international routes to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban in South Africa, Nairobi in Kenya, and Lusaka in Zambia.\r\n\r\nfastjet announced earlier in May that it had leased an Airbus A319 jet aircraft that is expected to be ready for operations before the end of this month, and is planned as the first aircraft for the fastjet Zimbabwe fleet.