Coastal Aviation resume operations

11Jul 2020
James Kandoya
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Coastal Aviation resume operations

​​​​​​​AS Tanzania reopens its skies for local and international flights, Coastal Aviation will resume operations with its first flight launch to Serengeti on July 15th 2020.

The company’s marketing executive, Dixita Patel told The Guardian that the decision came after the government resumed tourism operations.

Patel said that the route to Serengeti National Park will later be followed by the Mafia route on August 1st this year and Selous/Ruaha on August 15th 2020. The move is part of its plans to attract tourists back in the country.

“This shows that we are now ready to welcome visitors for an adventurous safari in Tanzania. We provide services by adhering to all the safety procedures to ensure our passengers feel safe while flying with us,” she said.

She said that travelers to Serengeti National Park can enjoy their trip at 30 percent reduction of air ticket to enable all those who want to watch animals especially the wildebeest’s movement.

She added: “It is our responsibility to ensure safety and successful arrival of passengers at their final destination. We work to ensure our passenger’s flights are safe, reliable, comfortable and memorable.”

According to her, safety, just like quality, cannot be compromised and there were no shortcuts.

The flight carries 5000 tourists per annum travelling to various destinations including remote areas in the country’s national parks.

Mid-March this year, Tanzania reopened its airspace to both scheduled and non-scheduled international flights following its closure in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The decision came a day after President John Magufuli directed Works, Transport and Communication Minister Isack Kamwelwe and his Tourism counterpart Hamisi Kigwangalla to allow aircraft to come into the country from outside.

In a swift response, Kamwelwe said commercial passenger flights, diplomatic flights, aircraft in emergency and operations related to humanitarian aid, medical and relief would be allowed into Tanzania without any restrictions.

“I direct the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) to inform the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) about the decision, and ensure that the directive is fully implemented," said the president.

Coastal Aviation, with its over 30-year legacy can undoubtedly be considered one of Tanzania’s oldest and most reliable domestic carriers.