Coastal Aviation


Airport Terminal I - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Member Number: 203390 Tel: +255 713 325 673

Coastal Aviation have been operating out of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania since 1987 with over 160,000 hours of flying in Africa, strategically developing a far-reaching and extensive range of Air Charter and Scheduled flying safaris across the country operated by a fleet of 30 aircraft.

With five offices in the key hubs across our route network, affiliations with partner airlines in neighbouring countries, and a dedicated staff of 200, we are a proudly Tanzanian airline with regional outreach across East Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda and Uganda.

Where we operate

  • Kenya
  • Mozambique
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Zanzibar

Activities offered

  • Flying Safaris
  • Air Charters


15 February 2018

Changes at Coastal Aviation – a message from Julian Edmunds

You may have recently received a message from us announcing our intention to discontinue certain flights and over the next several days you will receive more communication from us regarding scheduling and routing changes. I am happy to say that there should be no more flights being discontinued. These changes are part of our ongoing commitment to constantly review our own operations and deliver the best product possible.

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23 January 2018

Meet Coastal Aviation in ITB 2018 - 7-11th March

Dear Colleagues, Would you like to meet our renewed team in Berlin? Enrico, Fatema and Tina will participate in the Internationale Tourismus-Börse - Berlin from 7th to 11th March 2018. Please email us with your preferred time and date on and we will pencil you in for a meeting. You can easily find our exhibiting table at the Stand #128 (Hall 21A) under the Tanzanian Pavilion. Hope to see you in Berlin!

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17 January 2018

Spotlight Arusha workshop - 1st February

Dear colleagues, Would you like to meet our team? Enrico, Martin and Sakina will participate in the first Spotlight Arusha workshop on 1st February 2018. Please drop us a line on if you are planning to pass by and have a business chat with the team. Hope to see you in Arusha!

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04 December 2017

External Auditor Appointed

As previously mentioned, Coastal Aviation will be subject to a thorough, top-down review of our safety systems, management, processes and protocols by an external third party.

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28 November 2017

Coastal Aviation Update

From Julian Edmunds CEO Coastal Aviation Last Monday, I promised you we were going to make some operational changes across the entire Coastal Aviation network. I am writing to let you know those changes have been fully implemented. For the majority of flights, Coastal Aviation has adapted a 'safety pilot' system. There will be two pilots in the cockpit.The only way a flight will be operated by a sole pilot will be if they are one of our most experienced pilots. These pilots will not only be highly experienced, with experience in bush conditions here in Tanzania, but their experience will be entirely accident-free.

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15 September 2017

Coastal Anniversary - 30 years of excellence!

Saturday the 16th of September was a special day for Coastal Aviation. It was this day in 1987, 30 years ago, that we undertook our first commercial flight.For the next 12 months, we will be celebrating this milestone with a series of events, competitions and innovations.We cannot find a better way to celebrate this important milestone other than sharing the words that our beloved founder Nicola wrote for us at the beginning of the year.

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01 September 2017

2018 - 2019 Timetable

Following the great interest observed towards our Timetable for the next season, we would like to remind all our agents that our new schedule for flights between 1 June 2018 and 31 May 2019 is available on our website.

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25 August 2017

Travel Tips

In Africa we find many things changing often. This makes necessary to update the way we do things. Sometimes these changes also affect our passengers holiday preparations. With this in mind at Coastal Aviation, we decided to issue our Travel Tips, from time to time. These can also be found on our website.  Check-in Time  Please make sure you adhere to the minimum Check-in Time on your ticket. The departure time, is NOT the boarding time, but the time that the wheels of the aircraf…

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26 July 2017

Nicola Colangelo

We regret to inform you that our beloved founder Nicola Colangelo died in Fiumaretta, Italy, on the 24th July at the age of 73. Nicola is survived by Carolina Colangelo, his devoted wife, his mother, Delma Ventarelli, and his brother, Franco Colangelo. Nicola has also left behind an extended family of people he adopted along the way, who all shared his vision. A leader, a friend and a mentor we will all deeply miss. A real visionary man with exceptional intuition and work ethic who always kep…

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18 July 2017

Yellow Fever Certificates

Coastal Aviation wishes to remind all our valued partners that all passengers travelling from the Maasai Mara to The Serengeti via Migori and Tarime need to have a valid Yellow Fever Certificate. Recently we have had many guests held up for over an hour at the Isebenia Border by Tanzanian Port health officials. These issues have been causing delays to flights and affecting other well prepared guests. We do not like having to leave late passengers behind...but sadly, it may, in the end, have to…

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24 May 2017

Coastal Aviation's Selous flights update

Dear partners and friends, Please take note of the changes affecting our flights in Selous Game Reserve from the 1st of June 2017. We decided to postpone the afternoon flight into Selous to 16:30hrs. As a consequence of the above postponement we will no longer be able to operate the late afternoon flight out of Selous, which will be regretfully removed from the schedule with immediate effect. Starting from the 1st of August 2017 we will operate on request the Mbuyu airstrip, in lower Selous. K…

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23 May 2017

Meet Coastal Aviation in KILIFAIR 2017

We are delighted to exhibit at KILIFAIR 2017 from 2nd to 4th June. Please email us on for a last minute appointment and we will pencil you in our diary or drop by and see us for the latest updates. As a Gold-Sponsor of the event we would like to offer a special discounted rate to all the attendees who will decide to fly to Moshi for the event. Please note that we can land in actual Moshi (Soweto airport) and not only Kilimanjaro International Airport, which …

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15 May 2017

Durban here we come! Meet Coastal Aviation in INDABA 2017

All is ready at Coastal Aviation and we are very excited to participate again in INDABA - Durban from 16th to 18th May. Please email us on for a last minute appointment and we will pencil you in our diary or drop by and see us for the latest updates.   Coastal Aviation is exhibiting under the Atta pavilion stand number ODG01. In attendance will be Julian Edmunds and Fatema Tapya from our head office. They would love to meet you!    Hope t…

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03 April 2017

Cape Town here we come! Meet Coastal Aviation in WTM Africa 2017

All is ready at Coastal Aviation and we are very excited to participate again in WTM Africa - Cape Town from 19th to 21st April. Please email us with your preferred time and date on and we will pencil you in our diary or drop by and see us for the latest updates.   Coastal Aviation is exhibiting under the ATTA pavilion. In attendance will be Christian Ruggiero and Fatema Tapya from our Dar and Zanzibar offices. They would love to meet you!   Hope to see you in Ca…

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20 December 2016

Coastal Aviation plans a new Ruaha flight and the FAST class

For many years we have been the pioneers of air services to Ruaha. We have provided direct flights from Dar es Salaam, flights from Dar es Salaam via the Selous Game Reserve and flights from Ruaha via Dodoma and Tarangire to Arusha. We have used many types of aircraft to try to find the best-fit solution. Whilst we have been very successful linking Dar to Selous, Ruaha and back, we have been less successful linking Ruaha with the Northern Safari Circuit. We are delighted to announce a new ser…

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29 November 2016

Coastal Aviation increases frequency between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar

We are glad to inform you that we are increasing the frequency of our connections between Dar es Saalam and Zanzibar. Starting from the 1st December 2016 we will be offering almost one flight every half an hour, during daytime. We believe that with this continuous shuttle between the two destinations we can give you the confidence that, at whatever time you will report to the airport, a Coastal Aviation plane will be there to fly you to the other side! Contact us for …

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11 November 2016

Coastal Aviation transit lounge

Coastal Aviation is happy to announce that we have recently opened a transit lounge in Dar es Salaam nearby the airport (only four minutes driving). Our guests can enjoy a complimentary transfer and take a nap in case of long layover, totally free of charge! Our transit lounge offers water, hot coffee and tea, armchairs, deckchairs and a peaceful environment with a small garden. A free wifi internet connection is also available. Open 24/7, useful for night arrivals and departures (e…

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27 October 2016

Coastal Aviation Expands Its Fleet

Coastal Aviation is proud to announce that we are expanding our fleet, which includes Cessna 206, Cessna 208 and Pilatus PC12 aircraft. We have recently added two Cessna 208 Caravans bringing our total number of aircraft to 28, the largest flying safari fleet in Tanzania. Our extensive fleet allows us to serve 42 destinations daily, taking more guests on our conveniently timed schedule, allowing a smooth safari.  Find out more about our aircraft or contact us for any information you may …

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19 July 2016

Coastal Aviation: Extra luggage seats

With the nature of flying safaris using smaller aircraft it is not always possible to take a large amount of luggage and as a standard weight travellers are allowed 15kg of luggage on their flight. Knowing that it is sometimes difficult to stay within the luggage limits, especially for people who are on a longer safari and combining bush to beach, Coastal Aviation has intruduced an XL class ticket which allows a passenger that books such a seat to carry 30kg of luggage. These seats are booked …

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10 September 2014

Selous flights update

Coastal Aviation operates 4 flights Daily to and from the Selous. Two out of our four Selous flights (the 07:00 flight out of Selous and the 16:30 flight to Selous) used to operate on a shared charter basis making them slightly more expensive. We would like to announce that these flights are now operated as a normal scheduled flight, therefore their price has been lowered to be the same as any other Selous flight. To view the schedule and prices please visit coastal aviation.

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10 July 2014

Serengeti to Zanzibar Direct: New first class flights

Coastal Aviation will be operating a direct flight between theSerengeti and Zanzibar from the 15th of December 2014. The flight will be done in the fast and comfortable Pilatus PC12 with no stops in between, thus within 1h 30min you can reach Zanzibar from the Serengeti or visa versa. This flight departs from Zanzibar in the morning, serve 3 airstrips in the Serengeti and fly back to Zanzibar. It will reduce the travel time between destinations and ensure that guests have the best possible fly…

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30 April 2014

Nairobi to Serengeti in 90min

Coastal Aviation’s Nairobi to Serengeti flight takes you from Nairobi into the Serengeti in just 90 min. This daily flight enables travelers to connect from their international flight out of Europe or guests already in Nairobi at 07:30 in the morning and be on Safari in the Serengeti as early as 09:15. contact: for more information.

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04 April 2014

New Zanzibar-Arusha Flights

We are pleased to announce that we are doubling our link from South to North by introducing a new Zanzibar to Arusha afternoon flight at 15:00. The new flight will be operational from Friday, April 11th. It will wait for incoming connections from Dar es Salaam, Selous, Ruaha and Mafia, while passengers boarding in Zanzibar will have an extra half day to enjoy the charm of Stone Town. The flight will stop in Pangani (Mashado) and Kilimanjaro International Airport on demand.

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22 November 2013

New and Improved website

Dear friends, We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website! It has a brand new look and feel, friendlier navigation with richer and more accurate content than ever. This will be your official source of information for news and updates about us, our flying safari philosophy our scheduled, chartered and corporate flights, our destinations, our flying safari itineraries, our last minute packages and, of course, our stunning promotional videos! Enjoy browsing! Th…

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29 October 2013

New Flight- Nairobi to Serengeti

At Coastal we do not tire to provide our partners with new ways to expand the network and….the business! Guests can now enjoy a safari in the Serengeti, flying from Nairobi. This flight will be operated on Cessna Grand Caravan, on share charter basis, any day on request, but will adhere to specific timings. The flight will start operating on the 1st December 2013.   The Southbound flight departs Nairobi at 0730hrs on time to collect guests arriving from Europe or already in Nairobi…

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29 January 2013

New flights with Coastal aviation

Following the suspension of the BA flights to Dar es Salaam Coastal introduces 2 completely new flights to support guests arriving on all alternative airlines. A late morning Selous flight, especially designed for passengers arriving on KQ or QR. It will leave Dar for Selous at 10:45hrs and will take off from Selous at 13:15hrs returning to Dar at 13:50hrs (on time for afternoon flights to Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia). A directflight from Dar to Arusha at 10:30hrs. It will be operated so that i…

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20 September 2012

Coastal Aviation now has an extra flight from Zanzibar to Saadani

The new flight will depart from Zanzibar at 17:15 and arrive in Saadani at 17:30. This is effective immediately. Existing flights remains the same, thus flights to and from Saadani are as follow: Morning Flight: The flight departs from Dar 09:15 to Zanzibar and then Saadani where it arrives  at 10:00. It continues on to Pangani, Moshi, Arusha and the Serengeti. Of course guests from Selous (07:25 flight) or passengers from the BA flight can also connect on to the Saadani flight in the mor…

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28 June 2012

Flights to Kigali

The Primates of Rwanda and Congo can now be easily reached from the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti, courtesy of Coastal Aviation. Coastal connects daily from the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara to Mwanza where we departs from there at 17:00 to Kigale. In the morning the flight departs from Kigali at 06:00 to Mwanza where it connects from there to the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara. In both directions guests have the opportunity to enjoy a full days Safari and admire some of the greatest views in t…

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15 June 2012

Exciting flight from Coastal

Coastal Aviation is now flying shared charter flights from Dar es Salaam to Mocimboa da Praia in Mozambique.  The flight is available 3 times a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Connecting from the Selous at 7:25 as well as passengers arriving with British Airways the flight departs from Dar es Salaam at 09:00 to Mocimboa, where it connects from there to the Quirimba Islands with CFA flights. Returning, the flight departs from Mocimboa at 10:30 and will arrive at Dar es Salaam in time…

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11 June 2012

Coastal New Flight: Dar to Moshi

Coastal aviation has announced a new route from Dar es Salaam to Moshi. Connect from the Selous to Dar at 07:25, from Dar the route departs at 09:15 daily and flies to Zanzibar, Pangani and then finally sets down in Moshi. Connections are available from there to Arusha, The Serengeti and Ruaha which departs at 12:00. Coming back, the flight from Moshi to Dar departs at 14:00 and flies to Pangani, Zanzibar and Dar. It connects from there to the Selous at 16:30.

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