Zantel customers to purchase Azam speed boats fare using Ezypesa

14Aug 2020
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Zantel customers to purchase Azam speed boats fare using Ezypesa

PASSENGERS travelling to Zanzibar aboard Azam speed boats can now buy their tickets electronically using Zantel’s Ezypesa thanks to a deal entered between the telco and Kilimanjaro Fast Ferries Limited.

Azam Marine Company Limited’s Kilimanjaro speed boat at Dar es Salaam Port.

The deal which was announced earlier this week, involves Kilimanjaro Fast Ferries’ fleet of four vessels which travel between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. Speaking after signing the deal, Zantel’s Head of Marketing and Mobile Money Services, Sakyi Opoku said the move will ensure that passengers get their tickets easily by paying through Ezypesa at their convenience promoting a digital lifestyle the domestic market’s luxury ferry travel industry.

“With Ezypesa we ensure that customers make payments easily and from anywhere and at any time. Our partnership with Kilimanjaro Fast Ferries gives customers flexibility in purchasing tickets while reducing the time and the process of acquiring them manually,”              Opoku said.

He said Zantel customer will call Azam’s toll free number 0800 785 555 to book their boats upon which they will be given a reference number, then dial the Ezypesa for payment and thereafter receive a notification message for the payment.

“We believe that this solution will improve how customers experience marine services especially for the local people as they don’t need to go physically to book and buy tickets,” he added saying mobile phones will conclude the deal digitally.

In remarks at the same event, Azam Marine Company Limited’s Managing Director, Abubakar Salim said the company has deployed online payment platforms that are applicable globally to ensure reliable transportation to the advantage for travellers.

“Partnering with Ezypesa has widened our payment portfolio which offers our customers with extreme freedom to purchase tickets wherever they are, at any time without any additional charges,” Salim said. He explained that passengers who pay via Ezypesa will collect their physical tickets at port before departure by showing a text message as a proof of the payment made.