fastjet adds extra flights on its new international route - 18 February 2014

fastjet plc

("fastjet" or the "Company")

18th February  2014

fastjet adds extra flights on its new international route

fastjet, Africa's low cost airline, is pleased to announce that it is increasing capacity on its recently launched Dar es Salaam to Lusaka (Zambia) route in response to strong demand from its customers.

From 15th April 2014, a Tuesday rotation will be added to the existing timetable, adding 50% more capacity on this popular route. Tickets for the additional flights will go on sale today. 

The route, which started operating on 1st February, has already seen very high load factors; the Lusaka to Dar es Salaam leg has been particularly popular with a number of flights having sold-out completely.

Commenting on the success of the route, Richard Bodin, Chief Commercial Officer of fastjet, said:

"We are thrilled with the response to the launch of our Dar es Salaam to Lusaka route. Our research suggested that this was going to be a successful route with high demand but initial passenger numbers and interest have  exceeded expectations. We expect to add still more capacity on this route - our target is to operate daily.

"Additionally, our plans to establish a base in Zambia are progressing well.  A company named "fastjet Zambia" is being incorporated and we have commenced the process of obtaining an Air Operating Certificate in Lusaka."

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About fastjet plc

fastjet plc is the holding company of the low cost airline fastjet which commenced flights under the fastjet brand in Tanzania in November 2012.  The airline introduced Airbus A319s into its fleet.  By adhering to international standards of safety, quality, security and reliability; fastjet has brought a new flying experience to the African market at unprecedented low prices. fastjet is implementing the low-cost model across Africa and its long-term strategy is to become the continent's first low-cost, pan-African airline.  fastjet plc is also the holding company of Fly540, which operates in Kenya, Ghana and Angola.

The results of a recent customer satisfaction survey showed that 100% of customers were likely to recommend fastjet to a friend. In developing its strong brand and identity, fastjet has won and been nominated for a number of awards, including winning three Transform awards for the rebrand and launch of fastjet and the award for "Brand Strategy of the Year" at the recent Drum Marketing Awards in London.

fastjet plc is quoted on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market.

For more information see www.fastjet.com

Posted on 18th February 2014