Coastal Aviation

Founded in 1987, Coastal Aviation has evolved from a charter-centric airline to a prominent flying safari service in Eastern Africa. Operating out of Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam, the airline boasts a network covering more than 42 destinations across Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda. While charters still constitute a notable part of its operations, the scheduled service, especially from Dar es Salaam and Arusha, is a significant aspect. In 2019, Coastal Aviation serviced approximately 150,000 passengers with a dedicated team of around 300 employees as of May 2020.


Coastal Aviation offers both scheduled and charter flights, connecting major cities and tourist attractions across Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda. Key destinations include Arusha, Iringa, Lake Manyara, Mafia Island, Serengeti National Park, and the bustling city of Nairobi in Kenya. Furthermore, they offer regional services to neighboring countries, enhancing the connectivity in the Eastern African region.


The airline’s fleet, as of December 2020, consisted of 22 aircraft. The majority of these are Cessna 208 Caravans, known for their robustness and versatility, accommodating up to 12 passengers. The fleet also includes the Pilatus PC-12, a single-engine turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft, capable of seating up to 9 passengers.


  • IATA: CQ

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