On 13 March, FlySafair announced the reintroduction of a direct route to Zanzibar, and confirmed that the high demand for chartered flights to Zanzibar was the primary factor that motivated them to add the route to their schedule.
Until now, travellers have had to take charter flights to the island destination, or fly into Dar Es Salaam or Nairobi and get a transfer from there. The new convenience of direct flights, and the appeal and affordability of Zanzibar, are likely to make this an attractive destination for South Africans.
Antoinette Turner, General Manager at Flight Centre, observes, “Zanzibar is now within reach for many more South Africans, thanks to this direct, convenient and affordable flight option. We believe this route will become a popular choice for those seeking an alternative to other Indian Ocean destinations, just as it was when Mango Airlines operated their popular route from Johannesburg to Zanzibar.”
Bookings for the route, which connects OR Tambo (JNB) and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) in Zanzibar, will commence on 8 April. The flights will initially operate once a week, with a same-day return. FlySafair has scheduled the weekly flight for Saturdays, and airfares will start from R2 950 one way.