A Tanzanian airline, Precision Air, has introduced scheduled flights between Dar es Salaam and Serengeti National Park.
It becomes the first airline to introduce scheduled flights from its hub, Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam to Seronera Airstrip in the Serengeti National Park.
Previously, the carrier used to operate charter flights between Dar es Salaam and the popular park in Tanzania.
The launch of the new route came after the airline reintroduced direct flights between Dar es Salaam and Entebbe, Uganda, in July.
According to Precision Air Corporate Affairs Manager, Hillary Mremi, the airline launched flights to Serengeti on October 1.
Mr Mremi pointed out that the carrier would operate four flights a week between Dar es Salaam to Serengeti on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The launch of the four weekly flights brings huge relief to international wildlife lovers, who tour the world famous park for game drives.
Before the inauguration of the flights, wildlife enthusiasts were forced to travel by air from Dar es Salaam to either Arusha Airport or Kilimanjaro International Airport.
From Arusha or Kilimanjaro, they would then travel for hours by road to the Tanzania’s best park for safari.
“Our major goal is to offer tourists the opportunity to fly directly to Serengeti for them to have longer time to enjoy game drives in this popular park,” he said.
During the announcement of the new route in May, Precision Air Commercial Director, Robert Owusu, said the airline was planning to introduce scheduled flights to Serengeti to make it easier for tourists to access the park.
“Our flights to Seronera are going to transform the safari experience. Now tourists can fly directly to Serengeti and spend more time on game viewing,” he explained.
He went on: “We believe our services will make more international visitors to flock to the game hotspot for dream safari holidays.”
From its Dar es Salaam hub, Precision Air also operate services to routes including Arusha, Bukoba, Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Musoma, Mtwara, Tabora, Zanzibar and Nairobi, Kenya.