Buying internal flights
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Jun 6, 2013 6:46 AM Last Post By: lisatuly
May 7, 2013 8:48 PM
May 8, 2013 4:08 AM
I am presuming you meant Kilimanjaro airport as opposed to Arusha airport?
If you use an agent there is always an additional fee.
You can book Fastjet online for Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar and they are cheap, esp if booked in advance
They also have shuttles from Arusha to Kili airport at 10000 Tsh. Taxi can be as cheap as 40-50000 tsp
I do not recommend Precision Air as their service and reliability is appalling and their website is frequently
offline or dead slow.
May 8, 2013 6:04 AM
2I would recommend calling or visiting the airline's office. Fly540 sometimes has special fares that don't make it onto their website. This was the case when I wanted to fly Mombasa-Zanzibar return. The price that came up on their search engine was more than US$350 but when I called them they told me about a $209 promotional fare.
May 8, 2013 7:32 AM
May 8, 2013 10:47 AM
May 8, 2013 6:36 PM
I presumed this as the member was talking of cheaper fees. There are no cheap carriers out of Arusha to anywhere. Arusha is generally used by those wealthy enough to afford higher end safaris (FIFO) and then topping of their safaris with a flight down to equally expensive foreign owned hotels in Zanzibar.
I have used Arusha airport to get me to Mwanza on Coastal in an emergency, expensive. There are an assortment of charter companies also that fly to Zanzibar also at a premium. For my money Fastjet is now the cheapest way to fly Dar-Mwanza, Kili, Zanzibar with remarkable ticket prices.
For Fastjet its cheaper to buy online
Precision is cheaper through an agent, though they are loosing market share quickly to Fastjet
Fly 540 does not service Arusha or Kilimanjaro
Charters all charge a premium so no cheap fares
Smaller carriers charge a premium so no cheap fares
May 8, 2013 9:55 PM
6Yes Roger, all you wrote is right. We or friends and relatives used Fastjet very frequently, never problems. And now that you can pay with credit card online, it is the best choice. But it is a cheap airline, the service limited, but when you pay not much more then the bus ticket costs, what can you wait for. It's enough to fly in modern plane (Airbus), feel safe enough to book for wife and child, and arrive in time. Fly 540 is out of the air, at least in Kili, Arusha is for those, who can afford to pay.
May 9, 2013 2:19 AM
7I have been trying to book a flight with fastjet for weeks now. I want to fly to Mwanza in July but there are no tickets available to buy online in July because they haven't released them yet. I even rang there office in Dar but they don't know when they will be on sale either.Yesterday I booked with Precision air , sods law fastjet will have the July flights on sale now!
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