Air Tanzania has received landing slots for the launch of flights to London’s Gatwick Airport.
This is in preparations for the launch of flights to the United Kingdom later this year.
The carrier is planning to operate three flights a week, using B787 Dreamliner, to fly from Dar es Salaam via Kilimanjaro to Gatwick, every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Tanzania has not had nonstop flight connections to the UK for several years now since British Airways withdrew from the route between London Heathrow and Dar es Salaam despite high load factors.
By flying via Kilimanjaro, the location of the tallest Mountain in Africa, which is incredibly popular for climbers and is also relatively simple to hike with minimal gear, Air Tanzania is hoping to capitalise on the large number of tourists from Europe.
Having a direct route from London is an absolute deal-maker for some travellers.
Meanwhile, what remains is receiving the necessary licences from the European Union safety standards.