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Air Tanzania is the national flag carrier of Tanzania based in Dar es Salaam, at Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR). The airline operates scheduled passenger services to the main destinations in Tanzania including Julius Nyerere – Dar Es Salaam International Airport (DAR) and Kigoma Airport (TKQ).

The airline was established in March 1977 to operate the services suspended following the break up of East African Airways, which was jointly owned by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Air Tanzania relaunched in 2007 after its five-year partnership with giant South African Airways was dissolved. In 2016, the Tanzanian government announced that it would be investing in reviving the national carrier, and bought a number of new aircraft, including a Bombardier Q400.

In the summer months of 2019, the airline started new routes to Johannesburg, South Africa and Mumbai, India. These routes are fully operated by the airline's Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and the Airbus A220-300.

Today, the airline operates an extensive network with Tanzania, connecting major cities and cultural hubs. Air Tanzania has codeshares with Air Uganda and Air Zimbabwe.

Looking to book Air Tanzania flights?

Alternative Airlines is an online flight search and booking website. Use the search bar at the top of the page to begin searching for Air Tanzania flights; simply type in your chosen departure and arrival destinations. Book flights the way you want, whether that's using Tigo Pesa, mPesa, or Airtel. For more travel advice, take a look at our guide to domestic flights within Tanzania, which includes a full airline guide and FAQs.

Baggage Policy

Air Tanzania has different rules regarding baggage allowance for both carry-on and checked baggage. Read on to find out more information.

Carry-on Baggage

You're given a free carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg / 15lbs. No prohibited items are allowed onboard including items such as liquid over 100 ml.

Checked Baggage

You're allowed up to 23kg / 50lbs of checked baggage in Economy Class and 30kg / 66lbs of checked baggage in Business Class. Baggage exceeding 32kg / 70lbs in weight would not be accepted by the airline due to international Health and Safety regulations.

Cabin Classes

Air Tanzania offers two cabin classes: standard economy seating and premium seating.

On-board services and amenities

You can stay entertained on the flight with Air Tanzania inflight magazine TWIGA - Secret Safari. The airline doesn't currently offer any meals on board.

Is Wi-Fi available?

Air Tanzania has WiFi onboard. All you will need to do is to launch your web browser, which will display the login web portal. From the portal, simply select your preferred price plan. Note that onboard Wi-Fi is only available on certain aircraft.

What are the seats like?

You can sit comfortably in padded seats, which have headrests and armrests for your convenience. There is under-seat storage, overhead storage compartments, and fold-down trays.

Can I pre-book my Air Tanzania seat?

At the moment, the airline does not pre-allocate seats. Seat allocation will be arranged during the boarding process.


Wi-Fi is available on select Air Tanzania flights. You can connect to Air Tanzania Wi-Fi via your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Wi-Fi isn't free on Air Tanzania flights and you will need to select a price plan that suits you.


With Air Tanzania, you can check in at the airport or online. The opening and closing times for check-in differ for both online and airport check-in.

Online Check-in

Online check-in is available through the Air Tanzania online check-in page. To check in online, you must enter your PNR and full name. It is advised to check in online and obtain a boarding pass to save time queuing at the airport.

Airport Check-in

Airport check-in is available by visiting one of the Air Tanzania check-in agents at the check-in counters. You must have the relevant travel documents with you to complete check-in at the airport. Air Tanzania recommends that you arrive at least two hours prior to departure for domestic flights and at least three hours prior to check-in for international flights. This will ensure there is enough time to check in, drop off the baggage and pass security.

Frequent Flyer Programme

Air Tanzania does not currently offer a frequent flyer program.

Airline Alliance

Air Tanzania is not currently part of an airline alliance. We'll update this section if Air Tanzania joins an airline alliance.

Special Services

Air Tanzania offers a number of special services to its passengers. Please see below the following services it offers:


If you require wheelchair assistance at the airport, you must inform Air Tanzania of this at the time of your booking. You can request this service by getting through to the airline's offices, or the Alternative Airlines customer service team if you have booked through our website. For more information on this please see our wheelchair assistance page.

UMNR (Children Travelling Alone)

If you’re arranging for your child to travel by themselves, you would need to book through the unaccompanied minor service, your child will be received at the originating airport, and taken care of during their travel and while onboard the aircraft. The child will be handed over to the person designated by the parents/guardians upon arrival at their destination. Note: To use the unaccompanied minor service, an adult fare needs to be purchased for the child. For more information on this contact the airline or alternatively, contact us. Also, you can find more information on our unaccompanied minors page on this.

Expectant Mothers

For the safety of the soon-to-be-born baby, it's recommended that all expectant mothers inform their doctor before booking their ticket and inquire about their health to fly the length of the trip they intend to take.

You may be asked to show certain medical forms before flying. For the safety of the child, Air Tanzania will not accept expectant mothers who are pregnant from 32 weeks or beyond.

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Destinations that Air Tanzania flies to

Air Tanzania flies to a range of different destinations across East Africa. Click below to see all the cities and airports that it flies to.

Alternatives to Air Tanzania

Airlines that fly similar routes to Air Tanzania include Fastjet, Auric Air, Precision Air and Coastal Aviation. Find out more about other airlines that fly to safari destinations here.

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Hub Airport

Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)

Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) is the international airport of Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania. The airport has flights to destinations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Airlines which use Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) include Air SeychellesEgyptAirKenya AirwaysMalawi Airlines (formerly Air Malawi), Auric AirPrecision Air and RwandAir.

The airport has two runways and can handle nearly 4 million passengers each year.

Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) is also the hub airport for FlightlinkFastjet Tanzania and Precision Air.


As of October 2020, Air Tanzania operates a fleet of Dash 8-Q400, Airbus 220-300 and Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Dash8-Q400 is the only turboprop aircraft in the fleet; the other two types of aircraft are both efficient twin-engined jet aircraft.


6th September 2022

Air Tanzania hopes to regain slots at London-Gatwick

After losing its slots during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Air Tanzania is currently re-applying for these slots at London Gatwick Airport. If all goes to plan, London will be the third intercontinental destination in Air Tanzania's route network.

5th November 2020

Air Tanzania set to resume international flights

Air Tanzania is set to resume additional international flights, including Harare, Kilimanjaro and Lusaka. This follows the suspension of international flights due to COVID-19 restrictions earlier in the year. Flights will be operated with new safety measures in place. In October 2020, the airline began resuming flights to Dar es Salaam, via Lusaka. These developments come as airlines once again return to the skies, and Air Tanzania hopes that it will be able to resume its full schedule once again very soon.

6th November 2019

Air Tanzania set to purchase another Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

The Tanzanian government has announced that it has set plans to buy a third Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to add to its fleet of 12 aircraft by 2020.

Frequently asked questions

Is Air Tanzania flying?

Amidst the impact that Coronavirus had on the aviation industry, including travel restrictions, Air Tanzania had to make adjustments to its schedule. However, the airline is now flying again, along with other domestic airlines within Tanzania. You can use the search bar at the top of the page to begin your flight search, by entering your chosen departure and arrival cities or airports.

Can I book Air Tanzania flights online?

Yes, you can book Air Tanzania flights online through Alternative Airlines. We make it easy, quick, and convenient to book flights to remote locations around the world. Book flights in English, with our Customer Service Team on hand to help. Pay with the currency of your choice, whether that's USD, Pound Sterling, Euros, or any other currency.

Does Air Tanzania fly to South Africa?

No, Air Tanzania doesn't currently fly to South Africa. Prior to August 2019, Air Tanzania operated regular flights to South Africa, however, the airline suspended all flights to Johannesburg due to safety concerns over xenophobic attacks and didn't want to risk any aircraft being impounded or seized.