Tanzanian Airline Customers Pay on Mobile

fastjet, the Tanzanian flight operator backed by Stelios Haji-Ioannou, owner of easyJet, has started accepting M-Pesa mobile payments.

M-Pesa mobile banking is used by 17m subscribers in Kenya and 9m in Tanzania in place of a traditional bank account. Users can access the m.fastjet.com site to book flights and then receive a unique booking number by SMS, with payments made via mobile to fastjet’s business number.

The flight carrier began operating its domestic Tanzanian services from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza and Kilimanjaro in November 2012. It is expected to launch its first international flights to Uganda, South Africa and the Comoros soon.