Fastjet investigates Dar es Salaam-Entebbe flights


According to eTurboNews, information received over the past week suggests that fastjet has been in talks with the local aviation authorities to commence non-stop flights between Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Entebbe (Uganda).

The flights between the two cities were disrupted when the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, to avoid sanction by the International Civil Aviation Organisation after it had carried out an audit, grounded all international flights by locally-registered airlines. (See story here.)

Previously, Air Uganda, in codeshare with Precision Air, had operated double-daily flights, but effective 17 June the operation was halted and travellers had to fly via Nairobi (Kenya), as Precision Air itself was not able to step into the gap at the time.

Fastjet has reportedly sought designated airline status from the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority and applied to the Ugandan authorities to be granted traffic rights. The latest update now speaks of fastjet planning to commence flights to Entebbe in September, with initially four weekly frequencies, using their single-class Airbus A319 on the route. This would be the fourth international route for fastjet, after Johannesburg (South Africa), Lusaka (Zambia) and Harare (Zimbabwe).