Fastjet Shines...put Dar on Aviation Spotlight
The low cost airline just put Dar Es salaam on the aviation spotlight..
Around the same size in terms of area as Egypt and Nigeria, and with a population similar to the Ukraine but larger than Argentina, Tanzania on the east coast of Africa has recently been under the global aviation spotlight thanks to the arrival of Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and his pan-African low-cost airline FastJet in November last year. This week, the carrier launched its second tranche of domestic routes in the country, linking Kilimanjaro to both Mwanza and Zanzibar. With the LCC carrying close to 100,000 in its first three months of operation and delivering an 81% load factor in February, Tanzania’s airports are hoping to break 4 million passengers for the first time in 2013.
Dar es Salaam dominates
With a population close to three million, the port city of Dar es Salaam is the country’s largest, and is indeed its commercial heartbeat. As a result, it dominates in terms of commercial aviation, commanding over 40% of the country’s weekly flights. Over 90% of Tanzania’s passenger activity is concentrated on its largest five airports, namely Dar es Salaam; island territory Zanzibar; Kilimanjaro, serving the region around Africa’s tallest mountain; the country’s second largest city on the shores of Lake Victoria, Mwanza; and Arusha, which is close to the Serengeti National Park.