Tanzanian low-cost airline Fastjet is set to launch daily flights to Nairobi from Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro on 11 January – 3 years behind schedule.
In november 2012, Fastjet started operations in Tanzania to great fanfare. It declared itself the first pan-african low-cost airline, with grand ambitions to quickly expand across the african continent. It announced plans for international routes from Dar-es-salaam to Nairobi and other african capitals. But it immediately hit a wall of protectionism. It took a whole year before Fastjet started its first international route from Dar to Johannesburg. And now, over three years after Fastjets launch, flights to Nairobi are finally set to take off.
So why did it take so long? There were no legal barrier that would prevent the service, nor were there any slot restrictions on the airport in Nairobi. The actual reason was that the Kenyan government simply waited three years to approve…
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