By Ronald Owili

NAIROBI, Passengers who often travel between Tanzania and Kenya by air are set to enjoy competitive ticket prices with the launch of a daily service between the two capitals by low cost carrier Fastjet Tanzania.

Fastjet East Africa General Manager Jimmy Kibati said here Monday that riding on low fares, Fastjet, a British-owned group which operates low cost airlines in a number of African countries, was banking on first-time flyers to drive increased passenger numbers this year.

The airline has launched two routes -- Dar Es Salaam-Nairobi and Kilimanjaro-Nairobi.

The Nairobi-Dar route is currently dominated by Kenya Airways and Precision Airline with one-way tickets going for as much as 38,000 shillings (about 370 US dollars).

Kibati is of the opinion that being an exclusive low-cost carrier, Fastjet customers flying between Kenya and Tanzania will enjoy competitive ticket pricing of as low as 8,000 shillings, which will also help boost trade and tourism between the two East African Community (EAC) countries.

According to Kibati, Fastjet Tanzania is the holder of a one-year licence as Fastjet Kenya is still awaiting air operator certificate from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.

In its three years of operations in Tanzania, 1.8 million passengers have used Fastjet Tanzania.

Source: KBC