African low-cost airline Fastjet will launch flights to its fourth international destination in the middle of September, inaugurating the first direct air link between Tanzania and Uganda.
Services between Dar es Salaam and Entebbe will begin Sept. 16, with twice-weekly flights until Sept. 29 when frequency will increase to 4X-weekly.
Fastjet CEO and interim chairman Ed Winter 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. We very much look forward to commencing flights and hope this is the beginning of a wider Fastjet network from Entebbe.”
Fastjet said that, since Air Uganda ceased flying, fares offered by other carriers for flights in and out of the country have risen steadily. The Dar es Salaam-based airline is confident that its “market stimulating fares” will give it “a strong competitive advantage and that this new route will be a commercial success.”
Tickets for the Entebbe route have already gone on sale and are currently lower than fares for nondirect flights between the two cities, Fastjet said.
Fastjet operates internationally from Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg, Lusaka and Harare, and its domestic network in Tanzania includes Mwanza, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya.