If you would like to climb Kilimanjaro, but are worried about the ever rising costs of airfare, then you will be pleased to know that FastJet, Africa’s first low-cost airline back by EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou, is now operating daily flights from Dar Es Salaam to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Flights from European and American Airports to Dar Es Salaam are generally much cheaper than flights to Kilimanjaro (which nearly all go through Dar anyway), and if the current FastJet return flight prices remain as they are, 86,060 Tanzanian Schilling including all taxes, which is around £34, then our Kili adventures may become a little bit cheaper.
While the new airline has a limited network at the moment, it offers two flights per day to Kilimanjaro and two flights to Mwanza on the border of Lake Victoria, so if climbing Kili is not on your bucket list in 2013, you can still take advantage of this budget airline for your Serengeti safari adventures.
FastJet believes they will soon be able to expand across East Africa, with hubs in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi serving Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda and Rwanda, and if their first weeks figures are anything to go by (they carried 6,884 passengers), then I am inclined to agree.
Great news for Tanzania, and an alternative mode of transport for Tanzanian locals who are used to sitting 12 hours on a bus to reach their relatives, this low-cost carrier could make East Africa a little more accessible and affordable to us all.