Fastjet Zambia made a major step towards launching its operations in the country last week when it was granted its Air Service Permit (ASP).

CEO Ed Winter said: “We have been working tirelessly to roll out the fastjet model across the region and obtaining the ASP in Zambia is a really positive step forward.”

The carrier is now focused on continuing the submission of the necessary documents and manuals to complete the application process for an Air Operating Certificate (AOC), which will then allow the commencement of domestic and international operations.

Fastjet plans to operate low cost flights from Zambia to a number of destinations in East and Southern Africa. Zambia will serve as the airline’s second base after Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania, from where Fastjet commenced flights in September this year.

The airline has also received permission from Uganda Civil Aviation Authority to operate flights from Uganda to Johannesburg, Juba, Nairobi, and Kigali using Tanzanian based aircraft.

The company has signed an agreement to enable Tanzanian participation in the ownership of fastjet Airlines Limited, its Tanzanian based airline, bringing the total Tanzanian legal and beneficial ownership of fastjet Tanzania to 51%. This means, fastjet Tanzania will benefit from entry into new markets and have greater access to more international African destinations through the various bilateral air service agreements, the airline said in a statement.