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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.

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Domestic Destinations

The airline flies to 10 domestic destinations within Tanzania which include cities such as Arush, Bukoba, Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Kigoma, Mbeya, Mwanza, Tabora, Songea and Zanzibar City. Air Tanzania flies to all major cities, as well as numerous smaller airports:

City IATA Airport
Bukoba BKZ Bukoba Airport
Dar es Salaam DAR Julius Nyerere International Airport
Dodoma DOD Dodoma Airport
Iringa IRI Iringa Airport
Kigoma TKQ Kigoma Airport
Arusha JRO Kilimanjaro International Airport
Mbeya MBI Songwe Airport
Mpanda NPY Mpanda Airport
Mwanza MWZ Mwanza Airport
Tabora TBO Tabora Airport
Zanzibar City ZNZ Abeid Amani Karume International Airport

International Destinations

Air Tanzania flies to a select number of international destinations, including Comoro, Burundi, Uganda, and (recently added routes) to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and India.

Country City IATA Airport
Burundi Bujumbura BJM Bujumbura International Airport
Comoros Moroni HAH Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport
India Mumbai BOM Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Uganda Entebbe EBB Entebbe International Airport
Zambia Lusaka LUN Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
Zimbabwe Harare HRE Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport


Carry-on Baggage

Passengers are given a free carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg. No prohibited items are allowed onboard including items such as liquid over 100 ml.

Checked Baggage

Passengers are allowed up to 23kg of checked baggage in Economy Class and 30kg of checked baggage in Business Class. Baggage exceeding 32kg in weight would not be accepted by the airline due to international Health and Safety regulations.


Online Check-In

Online check-in is available through the Air Tanzania online check-in page. To check-in online, passengers must enter their PNR and full name. Passengers are advised to check-in online and obtain the 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. Passengers must have the relevant travel documents with them to complete check-in at the airport. Air Tanzania recommends that passengers 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 the baggage and pass security.

Cabin Classes

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

On-board services and amenities

Passengers 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 log-in web portal. From the portal, simply select your preferred price plan. Note that on-board Wi-Fi is only available on certain aircraft.

What are the seats like?

Passengers 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.

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, 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 your own safety of the child, Air Tanzania will not accept expectant mothers who are pregnant from their 32 weeks or beyond.

Airline Alliance

Air Tanzania is not currently part of an airline alliance.

Frequent Flyer Program

Air Tanzania does not currently offer a frequent flyer program.


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.

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 Seychelles, EgyptAir, Kenya Airways, Malawi Airlines (formerly Air Malawi), Auric Air, Precision 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 Flightlink, Fastjet Tanzania and Precision Air.

Alternative Airlines 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.


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 it's 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.


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 in 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.