Thursday, August 29, 2013

► TANZANIA: fastjet to start 3x weekly Dar es Salaam - Mbeya flights from November.

fastjetAs previously reported, fastjet (FN) has announced the launch of flights from Dar es Salaam to Mbeya (Songwe airport) with effect from November 1. The route will operate 3x weekly on-board an Airbus A319. Reservations will open this week.

New pax terminal at Songwe
Commenting on the launch, Ed Winter, fastjet CEO said:
"We have been inundated with requests from passengers for fastjet to operate a service on this route, and are extremely pleased to be launching ticket sales today, building on the success of our existing Tanzanian operation," he said.
Mr Winter added that the anticipated completion of works and infrastructural upgrades at the airport is set for October.

The airport, where work started in 2001, is constructed with assistance from the OPEC Fund for  International Development which signed a loan to the tune of USD4.62 million in 2005.
Infrastructure built includes: 
  • a 3'300m long runway, 
  • a taxiway and parking apron,
  • new arrival and departure buildings,
  • a control  tower,
  • drainage structures, water supply and sewerage systems,
  • a modern baggage handling system,
  • meteorology & communication equipment.
Songwe Airport Project Manager, George Asulumenye, said that over USD20million had been spent on the project covering the feasibility study, administration and construction.