Proflight Acts to Enhance OPs

PROFLIGHT Zambia has partnered with low-cost airline Fastjet, making it possible for passengers to travel efficiently between the 15 destinations serviced by the two carriers across Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania.

The alliance will see both airlines expand their reach between the two countries, while establishing Lusaka as a regional aviation hub.

According to a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday, Fastjet would service the route between Dar-es-Salaam and Lusaka from May 1, 2014, as well as Tanzanian domestic routes from Dar es Salaam, while Proflight would service its existing domestic routes in Zambia and its route to Lilongwe in Malawi, from Lusaka.

Passengers can now book any of Fastjet’s flights in conjunction with a Proflight ticket online or at any of its sales offices countrywide.

Fares combining Proflight and Fastjet flights will include a free checked-in baggage allowance of 23 kilogrammes.

Proflight director of government and industry affairs Philip Lemba said, the agreement signed with Fastjet is the latest step in our strategy to develop a network in the region, making air travel in Southern Africa more convenient and accessible.

“We look forward to being able to combine the service and value for money that the joint initiative brings.”

Fastjet chief commercial officer Richard Bodin said the alliance had cemented its reputation as a reliable, affordable low-cost carrier, maintaining excellent punctuality and reliability records.

“This collaboration with Proflight Zambia adds momentum to Fastjet’s vision of democratising air travel on the African continent, while boosting growing trade relationships between Zambia and Tanzania.”

The agreement sees passengers able to book flights on a single ticket from any of Proflight’s destinations to Dar-es-Salaam, or via that city to Kilimanjaro, Mbeya and Mwanza in Tanzania, on Fastjet.

Flights between Lusaka and Dar-es-Salaam, which take off on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays can still be booked on the Proflight system or on the Proflight website.

Passengers affected by the changes on that route during the change-over period will be given the option to rebook on one of Proflight’s affiliated carriers.

The agreement signed with Fastjet follows similar deals signed by Proflight with Emirates and Kenya Airways, which further expands Proflight’s reach on the African continent.

Source : The Times of Zambia

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