NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 3 – Five Forty Aviation Kenya has introduced daily direct flights between Nairobi and Kilimanjaro in its latest step to become a Pan African airline.
Beginning January 9, passengers on the route will travel in 48 seater ATR 42-320 turbo prop aircraft with a one way fare of $99 plus taxes.
Fly540 Marketing Manager for East Africa Jackie Arkle-Okutoi said: "Kilimanjaro will be our first destination in mainland Tanzania and will be followed by others during 2009."
The airline is also setting up offices in Dar es Salaam and should occupy them early this year in readiness to kick off the route.
The Kilimanjaro flights are intended to meet the requirements of business travellers visiting Moshi and Arusha.
In 2008 Fly540 added Entebbe and Zanzibar to its growing list of destinations in neighbouring countries.
"Our entry into the Tanzania market follows the success of our two daily scheduled services between Nairobi and Entebbe and our daily flights into Zanzibar. These illustrate the growing need for value for money air travel throughout the East Africa region," Mrs Arkle-Okutoi said in a statement.
The airline has been rolling out new routes under its wing in Kenya as well.
In November, Fly540 introduced flights to Kitale and added a second daily flight to the Lamu route.