Fly540 to add new routes and freight flights

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Kenyan regional carrier Fly540 is expanding its network to include Uganda and Tanzania and has received clearance to begin cargo flights.

Nairobi-based Fly540, which is 49%-owned by Pan African investment firm Lonrho, will launch services to Tanzania and Uganda in early 2008.

It has also been awarded a three-year air services licence from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority which will enable it to serve the freight market.

Lonrho executive chairman David Lenigas says: “The ability to transport freight within and from Africa to the world is a great step forward and adds another dimension to Fly540 and its operations.

“The expansion of the Fly540 network to include Uganda and Tanzania as new passenger destinations underlines Lonrho’s commitment to develop a quality pan-African carrier that provides international standard, safe, flights throughout Africa.”

Fly540, which operates a mix of jet and turboprop aircraft, is aiming to create an east-west, north-south African network. It is in the process of creating Fly540 Angola through a joint venture with Angolan investor Sociedade de Gestao e Participacoes Financeiras (GEFI).