Fastjet voted best-low cost airline
Fastjet airline has added in its award repertoire yet another honour by being voted as 2016’s best low-cost airline for the region at an awarding fete held in Zanzibar during the justended 23rd Annual Travel Awards.
Africa’s Leading Low-Cost Airline Award is in recognition of the airline’s commitment in changing the entire air travel landscape in the continent by offering the lowest airfares in comparison with other airlines and enabling first time fliers to enjoy unequalled flying packages.
Voted by stakeholders in the transport and hospitality sectors, the airline evolved the winner of the coveted award. According to the company’s Managing Director John Corse, the award was in recognition of the company’s commitment to keep improving and offering lowest possible airfares in the region.
Last year, fastjet won the Transport Innovator Awards 2015) for its innovative approach to transformation of air travel as well as being rated as the company with the lowest airfares by WhichAirline.com.
The award also recognized its continuous passenger innovations, environmental commitment, growth, performance, operational safety and motivation of its staff that have cemented the airline an industry trendsetter.
“We are happy to be recognized as the best low-budget airline in the region attracting many first time fliers. Indeed, research shows that over 40 percent of our customers are first time fliers. The awards are an indication that we are focused towards becoming the leading low cost airline in the region,” Corse said accepting the award.
The airline took to the skies in 2012 and has opened new demand-led routes that include Dar es Salaam to Mbeya, Mwanza and Kilimanjaro. Fastjet also operates international routes from Dar es Salaam such as Johannesburg, Harare, Victoria Falls, Entebbe, Nairobi and Lusaka.
Fastjet says its expectation is to have inclusive fares in all its destinations in and out of Tanzania. The ideals of low-budget airlines is that low cost travel does not mean low-quality service but on contrary, it offers a wide range of options to suit the most discerning traveler.
The award is globally recognized by World Travel Awards and sets out to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel tourism & hospitality industry.
Also available for fastjet customers’ choice is the luggage upgrade option dubbed, ‘freighty’, that allows passengers to transport up to 80kg of checked-in bags for Tshs 88,000/-. The freighty luggage option in particular has been popular with traders flying with fastjet to purchase wholesale produce internationally to transport back to their home markets to sell.
Fastjet Tanzania, the low-cost, no frills airline commenced flights in Tanzania in November 2012. By adhering to international s tandards of safety, quality, security and reliability, fastjet has brought a new flying experience to the African market at unprecedented low prices. Utilizing its fleet of Airbus A319s, fastjet is implementing the low-cost model across Africa and its longterm strategy is to become the continent’s first low-cost, pan-African airline.
The results of a customer satisfaction survey showed that 100% of customers were likely to recommend fastjet to a friend. In developing its strong brand and identity, fastjet has won and been nominated for a number of awards, including winning three Transform awards for the rebrand and launch of fastjet, the award for “Brand Strategy of the Year” at 2014’s Drum Marketing Awards in London, and the Transport Innovator Award at the 8th Transport Africa Awards 2015 in Johannesburg people and support their lifestyle and culture. The programme is managed by the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and covers a dozen other districts in the Northern Zone regions.
The district has two WMAs where villagers enjoy funds generated from hunting and tourism. Longido has 39 villages and 95 per cent of its inhabitants depend on livestock for their livelihood.
According to the official, 40 percent of funds received from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism is channeled to conservation and 60 percent for general expenditure.
The Acting District Executive Director, Ramadhani Musiba, said the district has prepared a land use plan for all the villages and that it will include demarcation of village boundaries. The villagers are also sensitized to embrace participatory forest management (PFM) practices through the support of the African Wildlife Fund (AWF).