Interair to enter Tanzania market

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South African carrier Interair is set to enter the Tanzanian market in the coming months after gaining approval from South Africa's department of transport to operate a route from Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam.

The privately-owned South African carrier will operate a Boeing 737-200 three times a week on the route.

Innovata schedules shows South African Airways currently operate the route.

Low-cost carrier Fastjet had been due to enter the market today but has postponed the launch until at least mid-October after the South African transport officials made a last minute demand for additional documentation.

Interair has also applied for rights to operate a three times weekly service from Johannesburg to Zanzibar and to operate a twice weekly service to Kinshasa, which if approved, would mark its first entry into the Democratic Republic of Congo market.

The airline says it expects traffic on the Johannesburg-Dar es Salaam route to be a mix of business and leisure passengers, while the Kinshasha route will be “all business and high yield” traffic, it says.