By MAIMBOLWA MULIKELELA -
PROFLIGHT Zambia has welcomed news of a planned new air service from Dar-es-Salaam to Lusaka by Tanzania-based airline, Fastjet.
While the two airlines will both fly the same route with Proflight taking a different market, which offers a fully inclusive, high-quality service to business travellers on its three-times-a-week service from Lusaka to Dar-es-Salaam, as well as a boutique leisure service through to Zanzibar.
The new service from Tanzanian domestic operator Fastjet will bring additional traffic in and out of Zambia helping to feed Proflight Zambia’s domestic network.
Proflight Zambia director of government and industry affairs Philip Lemba said: “The Fastjet business model is very different from the Proflight model and we feel there is demand for the affordable prices that a low-cost carrier such as Fastjet can offer.”
In a statement issued in Lusaka, Proflight Zambia, which launched its service to Dar in October last year, will continue to offer a fully inclusive service to business travellers and with its interline agreement with Precision Air, it plans to continue with special fares to Zanzibar, Arusha and other destinations in Tanzania.
“Competition in any industry is good as it forces standards to be kept high in products and services. We respect Fastjet’s move to provide a cheap service for budget travellers and their affordable fares should be good news for the Zambian travelling public,” said Capt Lemba.
Proflight’s fares include airport taxes and are fully inclusive of the booking service, a free baggage allowance of 23 kilogrammes checked baggage and 5 kilogrammes hand baggage, snacks and refreshments on board, and the airline’s popular Mbasela frequent flier programme.
Proflight also offers a much-needed service for unaccompanied minors as well as child discounts.
Proflight operates its 29-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft on the Lusaka-Dar route, enabling fast turnarounds, and disembarkation and immigration procedures on arrival.
Proflight’s return fares are K1, 782, from Lusaka to Dar start including taxes, baggage, refreshments and administration.