Demand drives flydubai to launch Kilimanjaro flights and increase Zanzibar capacity in Oct-2017

flydubai announced (15-Jun-2017) plans to commence three times weekly Dubai-Dar Es Salaam-Kilimanjaro and Dubai-Kilimanjaro services on 29-Oct-2017. The carrier will also increase Zanzibar frequency from three to eight times weekly on 29-Oct-2017, increasing total Tanzania frequency to 14 times weekly and increasing Tanzania capacity by 133% year-on-year. 

Kilimanjaro will be the airline's third destination in Tanzania and its 12th in Africa and flydubai will be the first carrier to operate directly between Kilimanjaro and the UAE. SVP commercial GCC, Subcontinent and Africa Sudhir Sreedharan said: "We expect to see healthy flows of trade and tourism on this route from the GCC and Eastern Europe". 

flydubai began operations to Tanzania in 2014 and has seen a steady growth in passenger numbers. Kilimanjaro will be served with six flights a week three of which are via a stop in the capital, Dar es Salaam. In addition, the carrier will increase direct flights to Zanzibar from three to eight flights a week.

Commenting on the launch of flights, Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive officer of flydubai, said: “With the addition of the service to Kilimanjaro and more direct flights to Zanzibar, flydubai will operate 14 flights a week, marking a 133% increase in capacity to the market compared to the previous year. This is a healthy indication of the rising popularity of Tanzania as a preferred tourist destination and we are happy to be connecting the market to Dubai.”
Kilimanjaro International Airport is located between the regions of Kilimanjaro and Arusha in Northern Tanzania. The airport is the major gateway to the Kilimanjaro region, a main international tourism destination that includes Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Only a few international carriers operate to Kilimanjaro and flydubai will be the first airline to provide direct air links from the UAE.
“We are committed to opening up underserved markets and flydubai’s service to Kilimanjaro will introduce more options for travel with a business and economy class service, together with added cargo capacity available through our cargo division. We expect to see healthy flows of trade and tourism on this route from the GCC and Eastern Europe via our hub in Dubai,” said Sudhir Sreedharan, senior vice president commercial (GCC, Subcontinent and Africa).
flydubai has seen a 3.5% increase in passengers numbers traveling between the UAE and Africa in 2016 compared to 2015, a positive record for this emerging market.
flydubai has built up a comprehensive network in Africa with flights to Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Asmara, Djibouti, Entebbe, Hargeisa, Juba, Khartoum and Port Sudan, as well as Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. The 12 points will be served with more than 80 weekly flights for the summer period.
Dubai-based flydubai strives to remove barriers to travel and enhance connectivity between different cultures across its ever-expanding network. Since launching its operations in 2009, flydubai has:
• Created a network of 94 destinations in 44 countries.
• Operates a single fleet type of 58 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft and will take delivery of more than 100 aircraft by the end of 2023.
• Opened up 63 new routes that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.

In addition, flydubai’s agility and flexibility as a young airline has enhanced Dubai’s economic development, in line with the Government of Dubai’s vision, by creating trade and tourism flows in previously underserved markets.
Source: Saudi Gazettte

Hitit CS is the shining star in Africa: Seven new airlines in two years.

Hitit CS had a strong presence at Aviation Festival Africa 2017. During the conference Hitit CS made two presentations about future airline distribution and passenger service trends. Hitit CS has a proven track record for serving African airlines. Recent customer gains of Hitit in Africa were Air Tanzania, Precision Air, Nouvelair, Tunisie and Air Namibia. Today over 70,000 travel agencies worldwide are using Hitit’s distribution system and more than 50 billion flight queries are being processed each year. In 2016 Hitit’s reservation system counted more than 55.5 million passenger bookings.
In 2016 and 2017 Hitit CS, the IT provider from Turkey has convinced seven African airlines to benefit from its innovative airline solutions. Among these new customers were Air Namibia, Air Tanzania, Precision Air and Nouvel Air. Hitit CS has planned to strengthen its efforts in Africa. One step is the sponsorship of Aviation Festival Africa 2017 in Johannesburg. The company has been represented with high level Hitit professionals from marketing, sales, account services, IT and operations departments.
Hitit’s speakers include Semra Kandemir who addressed about “Airline Distribution in the Uber Age”. Kandemir, graduating with a degree in Engineering in Electronics worked for Turkish Airlines between 1992 and 2009. In 2009 she joined the construction team of the Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Istanbul and in 2013 she moved to Hitit CS as IT Director. The other speaker, Emir Esici made a presentation about modern PSS components which consist of passenger service system, reservation & passenger services, internet booking engine, allotment manager, loyalty layer, departure control system and customer care layer. Esici has worked in aviation industry for eleven years at several departments and positions. During his professional life, he served in Gulf Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Qatar Airways. Now he continues his aviation career in Hitit CS as the Account Service Manager.   
Nur Gokman, CEO of Hitit said: “Africa plays a significant role for our community as we are working with airlines from several countries on the continent. Participating in the festival is a perfect opportunity to display our solutions to this dynamic market”.
Aviation Festival Africa is the leading aviation conference on the continent. The two-day-event has been held from 13 until 14 June 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg (South Africa). The festival has been hosting over 2000 attendees, 40 conference speakers, 300 conference delegates and 30 exhibition booths, in addition over 200 airlines and airports have been presented.
Founded in 1994, Hitit Computer Services is a provider of new generation airline, airport and travel industry software products and services that support the most complicated and demanding needs of fast growing industry players. While Crane PAX/DCS address reservation, ticketing, check-in, departure control and loyalty management needs, Crane RA, Crane CA, Crane SP, Crane OCC, Crane CREW and Crane ALM address, respectively, revenue accounting, cost accounting, schedule planning, operation control, crew management and tour operator/charter management services. Renowned for its close partnership with its customers, Hitit receives excellent reception for its products and services as well as its excellent customer care


Flight Price Index 2017: Tanzania among the most expensive countries for flights

Online travel agency have produced their annual ranking detailing the cost of air travel in 80 countries. As a company which prides itself on offering the best value ticket prices for customers, undertook the research in order to help make travellers aware of countries that offer good opportunities for affordable travel. Following on from the findings of last year’s Flight Price Index, this round also tracks the changes in the industry, providing a compelling insight into the fluctuating price of air travel around the world.

To calculate the rankings, analysed over a million flights to find an average price of short-haul and long-haul flights on low cost and full service airlines from each of the countries. Domestic flights were calculated by finding an average airfare from the country’s capital to up to five major cities within the country, or to a major city nearby in a neighbouring country when no domestic flights were available. The price of international travel was calculated based on flights from all international airports within the country, to several international hubs. All flights were checked for the same dates of travel taking into account high and low seasons.

Tanzania ranks in position 42, with an average flight cost of US $14.47 per 100 km of travel, factoring in both short haul and long haul journeys. This compares with the most affordable country, Malaysia, averaging a flight cost of $4.18 per 100 km of travel. At the other end of the ranking, Belgium calculated at a cost over 13 times higher, at $54.63 per 100 km of travel. Tanzania was not included in 2016’s ranking, making 2017 the country’s first appearance in this study.

Major airlines of Tanzania....AirTanzani, Fastjet and PrecisionAir.
The study revealed the 10 countries with the most affordable flights per 100 km:

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The 10 countries with the most expensive flights:

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Solomon Islands
United Arab Emirates

“Ticket prices fluctuate constantly and for many reasons. Some of the changes from one year to the next can be attributed to fuel prices, sociopolitical shifts like Brexit, and recent elections. Egypt and Turkey, for example, saw a decrease in ticket prices because of a decrease in demand as a result of regional turmoil," said CEO Oliver Dlouhý. "By tracking flight cost by country, travellers have more information with which to choose destinations that allow them to travel further on their budget."

Further findings from the ranking include:
  • Romania offers most affordable domestic flights on low cost airlines, at $3.04 per 100 km of travel
  • Qatar offers the most expensive domestic flights on low cost airlines, at $87.50 per 100 km of travel
  • Brazil offers the most affordable domestic flights on full service airlines, at $3.98 per 100 km
  • Chile offers the most expensive domestic flights on full service airlines, at $152.01 per 100 km
  • Sweden offers the most affordable international flights on low cost airlines, at $1.31 per 100 km
  • The United Arab Emirates offers the most expensive international flight on low cost and full service airlines, at $38.81 and $49.13 per 100 km.
  • Lithuania offers the most affordable international flight on full service airlines, at $2.50 per 100 km.

Full results of the ranking can be found on the results page here: