Regional carrier, Safarilink is set to commence weekly direct flights to Zanzibar from July as demand for trips to the tourist destination soars.
“We thought it wise to provide a new solution and supplement what we already have due to demand the service from our agents and clients,” Safarilink head of sales and marketing Hamisi Mwanundu told Business Daily Africa.
“Our first direct flight on July 1, to Zanzibar will not be a commercial one but an inaugural one. We will start commercially on July 3.”
Prior to the launch, passengers had to stop over at Tanzania while on a trip to Zanzibar as there were no direct flights from Nairobi.
“Those passengers who have been going to Zanzibar before have been forced to go through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania then on to Zanzibar, but now we are providing them with an alternative,” he added.
Safarilink is largely considered a tourist destination carrier, with smaller aircraft accustomed to makeshift airports and sandy runways.
The carrier will offer four weekly flights on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and would fly directly from Wilson Airport Nairobi to Zanzibar.