Air France, the French national carrier, has inaugurated its first flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Dar Es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International (DAR) Airport. With this new route, Air France is showing confidence in Tanzania as a destination for business and leisure travel.
The flight is a continuation of the airline’s existing service from Paris to Zanzibar. It will be operated three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday with Boeing 787-9, a most efficient and sustainable aircraft operated by Air France to sub-Saharan Africa.
Commenting on the rollout of the new route, Air France-KLM General Manager for East and Southern Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana Marius van der Ham, said:
“This is a proud moment for Air France as we increase our footprints in Africa. We are confident that this new route will bring significant benefits to both Tanzania and France, strengthening cultural and economic ties between our two countries.”
Additionally, the airline’s expansion is set to offer travelers more choices and contribute to the growth of the tourism industry in Tanzania.
Marking Air France’s commitment to strengthening its presence in the region and connecting Dar es Salaam to the rest of the world, the new route schedule will see passengers aboard AF876 depart from Charles de Gaulle and arrive at Dar es Salaam via a stopover in Zanzibar. It will then depart from Dar es Salaam and is expected to land at Charles de Gaulle.
Passengers on the inaugural flight were treated to a warm welcome at Julius Nyerere International Airport. They were received by the Minister of Transport, the French Ambassador, and other representatives from the government and the tourism industry.
In his welcoming remarks, Air France – KLM Country Manager Tanzania Mr, Alexander van de Wint, Country Manager Tanzania Air France – KLM thanked the Tanzanian government for offering a conducive environment for businesses to thrive.
“We are excited to be able to connect more customers from Tanzania, Dar es Salaam to Paris and beyond to more than 200 destinations worldwide, providing more options for customers to experience what other destinations in Europe and in the rest of the world have to offer to both our leisure & and corporate customers.”