The air is thin up there in the East African air space


(Posted 05th April 2016)

Fastjet’s East Africa management took reality into account when they dropped their remaining two flights between Kilimanjaro and Nairobi, which the airline launched on the 11th of January alongside their Dar es Salaam to Nairobi flights.
Low traffic numbers, inspite of the lowest fares on the market – as long as the bookings are done well in advance – prompted this decision to reallocate aircraft capacity to routes where demand is high and load factors above break even point.
The new road between Nairobi and Arusha and reportedly improved processing speeds at the border by immigration and customs has seen road traffic surge in recent months, making the journey on wheels only marginally longer than having to travel 50 km from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International, at least two hours before the flight, a time frame which sees road travelers already well into Kenya before passengers have even boarded a plane yet. Other airlines too struggle with load factors but at higher fares, allowing their services to continue on a marginal basis.
Elsewhere has Fastjet Zimbabwe in the meantime gone double daily between Harare and Johannesburg (except for Saturday where only one flight connects the two cities) and has successfully launched their new route between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg, operating every Friday and Sunday.
No information could be obtained as yet on the anticipated start of operations out of Lusaka and no reasons are available for the delay of the launch of operations in Zambia.

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