Tanzania retaliate after Fastjet forced to delay planned entry to Kenyan market

March 18, 2015 5:15 am0 comments by:

Kenya Airways valuable monopoly on non-stop flights between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam appears under threat as Fastjet seeks authorization to launch flights on the same route.
The stepped up competition by Fastjet has created an escalating rivalry in East African Skies which is currently dominated by Kenya Airways.
The new competition isn’t sitting well with Kenya Airways as results delaying tactics by Kenyan Authorities in allowing the Tanzanian based Low-cost carrier- proposed plans to enter the Kenyan Market, has led to tit-for-tat trade war between the two countries.
In a response to the Kenyan government’s unwillingness to allow Fastjet to Kenyan sky; Tanzania has notified Kenya’s aviation authorities it decisions to cut the number of Nairobi to Dar es Salaam flights by Kenya Airways airlines with effect from 18th March 2015.
This will see a reduction of Kenya Airways frequencies from 46 to 14 a week and the capacity has been restricted to E190 and 787-800 planes.
A senior government official who requested anonymity told The Continent Observer “We hope this measure will speed up renegotiation of a bi-lateral air-services agreement between the Tanzanian and Kenyan governments. Fastjet has encountered repeated delays, and we feel that the excuses they have been giving them are not genuine and that they were meant to give Kenya Airways an advantage over any Airline operating from Tanzania.”

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