FlySafair Launches New Direct Route To Zanzibar

One of Africa’s most popular tropical islands is now more accessible thanks to the release of a new regional route which provides a direct flight to Zanzibar on FlySafair.


  • The FlySafair regional route connects O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and Abeid Amani Karume International airport (ZNZ) in Zanzibar.
  • Starting from the first weekend of April 2023, FlySafair will offer a weekly return flight with a potential second weekday flight being added to the schedule at a later date.
  • FlySafair has confirmed that the high demand for chartered flights to Zanzibar was the primary factor that motivated them to add this route to their schedule.
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Until now, getting to the island destination involved taking charter flights or flying into Dar Es Salaam or Nairobi and transferring from there. However, with the introduction of FlySafair’s new weekly flight, Zanzibar could not be more accessible as an attractive destination for South African travelers.

Zanzibar is one of the most beautiful island destinations in Africa. This, along with the success we have seen flying to Mauritius and the demand for our chartered flights to Zanzibar, were key players in our decision to add this route to our schedule.

// FlySafair Chief Marketing Officer, Kirby Gordon


Opened December 2022, Emerald Zanzibar Resort & Spa is located in Muyuni, Matemwe in the North-East of Zanzibar with an all-inclusive offering. Image: Emerald Zanzibar Resort & Spa

Bookings for this route opened on the March 13, 2023 and the first flight is set to take off from Johannesburg on April 8, 2023 and land in Zanzibar later that evening. The weekly return flights to Zanzibar mark the beginning of a year of growth for the airline who plan to add more regional routes to their schedule along with more aircraft to their fleet in the coming months.

The timing of this new route is perfect, as it provides South African holidaymakers with more options to enjoy their Easter break and plan ahead for the winter holidays. Data analysis indicates that the months of March and April experience peak levels of occupancy with the highest number of room nights booked and we predict families with school-going children will also take advantage of the packages we will offer for June and July.

// Flight Centre General Manager, Antoinette Turner


According to Turner, Zanzibar is generally more affordable as a destination compared to Mauritius, although this can vary based on the type of accommodation you choose.


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