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Air France introduces Paris-Kilimanjaro route

The Paris-Zanzibar-Kilimanjaro route will have three weekly flights with returns on alternate days

The new routereplaces the Paris-Zanzibar-Dar es Salaam route, but travellers to Dar will have seamless access to the city via Air France's partner airline KLM, which operates seven weekly flights to the region

In a bid to enhance its connectivity in Africa, Air France has introduced flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, beginning November 18, 2024.

This strategic addition is part of the airline’s strategy to expand its long-haul network across the continent and improve service delivery to travellers in the region.

The new service will operate three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays departing from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, with return flights from Kilimanjaro on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.Passengers will travel aboard the state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft, featuring 34 seats in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy, and 266 in Economy Class, ensuring a comfortable and exciting journey.

This route marks a significant enhancement in Air France’s African operations, replacing the Paris-Zanzibar-Dar Es Salaam route. However, travellers to Dar Es Salaam canstill conveniently access the city via Amsterdam through Air France’s partner airline KLM, which maintains seven weekly flights to the destination. KLM also offers flights to Kilimanjaro five times a week and Zanzibar twice a week, further expanding travel options in Tanzania.

“The addition of the Paris-Kilimanjaro route is a strategic decision aimed at meeting the growing demand for travel to East Africa,” said Rajat Kumar, Air France – KLM’s Tanzania Country Manager.

“Kilimanjaronot only serves as a gateway to the region’s renowned natural beauty andadventure opportunities but also aligns with our commitment to offering diverseand enriching travel experiences.”

The new route will facilitate access to Tanzania’s famed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travellers can explore the surrounding Kilimanjaro National Park, renowned for its diverse ecosystems and wildlife, making it an ideal starting point for safaris in Tanzania and neighbouring Kenya.

FlightAF874will depart Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:10 AM on designated days, arriving in Zanzibar at 9:10 PM local time, with onward flights to Kilimanjaro departing at 10:40 PM and arriving at11:40 PM on the same day. The return flight, AF874, will depart Kilimanjaro at 1:10 AM and arrive at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 8:35 AM local time.

Meanwhile, Air France continues to connect East Africa to Paris-Charles de Gaulle through direct flights to Nairobi, Kenya seven times a week.