Overview of Coastal Aviation – Destinations, Fleet, Accidents and More

Overview of Coastal Aviation – Destinations, Fleet, Accidents and More

Coastal Aviation is a Tanzanian airline based at Dar es Salaam‘s Julius Nyerere International Airport, at Terminal 1. It serves a wide range of places in Tanzania, as well as neighboring countries such as Rwanda and Kenya.

Coastal Aviation Main Office Location

The headquarters of the Coastal Aviation airline are in Dar es Salaam, the country’s biggest city and economic and financial hub, near the Slipway, Masaki. The geographic coordinates of these main offices are , 39°12’07.0″E, 06°52’25.0″S .  “The Flying Safari Company” is the company’s slogan.


In 1987, Coastal Aviation began as a solely charter airline. Charter, including medevac and scenic flights, will account for a considerable portion of its revenue by May 2020. It does, however, provide a scheduled service, mostly from Arusha and Dar es Salaam airports. With a 14-fleet aircraft and flights to over 42 locations across Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya, Coastal Aviation grew from a single aircraft operating between the Selous Game Reserve and Dar es Salaam to an established airline in Eastern Africa.

The Coastal Aviation airline employed over 300 people by May 2020. In 2019, the airline carried roughly 150,000 passengers.

Coastal Aviation Destinations

This is a short list of the destinations served by Coastal Aviation (Schedule and Charter). 

Country Airport City
Tanzania Arusha Airport Arusha
Iringa Airport Iringa
Kilimanjaro International Airport Moshi
Kilwa Masoko Airport Kilwa
Mafia Airport Mafia Island
Mwanza Airport Mwanza
Lake Manyara Airport Lake Manyara
Tanga Airport Tanga
Tarime Airstrip Tarime
Pemba Airport Pemba Island
Mtemere Airstrip Selous Game Reserve
Seronera Airstrip Serengeti National Park
Zanzibar International Airport (Abeid Amani Karume) Zanzibar
Julius Nyerere International Airport Dar es Salaam
Kenya Wilson Airport Nairobi
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi
Migori Airport Migori
Rwanda Kigali International Airport Kigali
Coastal Aviation plane dropping tourists at Mtemere airstrip close to Selous River Camp
Coastal Aviation plane dropping tourists at Mtemere airstrip close to Selous River Camp

Coastal Aviation Fleet

Coastal Aviation had a fleet of 22 aircraft by December 2020, with the following airplane types.

Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers
P Y C Total
Pilatus PC-12 6 9 _ 9
Cessna 208 Caravan 16 12 _ 12
Total 22


Incidents and Accidents Involving Coastal Aviation

A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, registered 5H-EGG, crashed on November 15, 2017, around 11 a.m. local time, with a pilot and 10 passengers on board. The Coastal Aviation’s aircraft was on its way to Serengeti National Park when it crashed at Empakaai Camp in the Arusha Region. The eleven on board were all killed.

A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, registered 5H-THR, with a single pilot and 10 passengers, crashed during landing at Lobo Airstrip in the Serengeti National Park on October 25, 2017 around 1430 local time. The pilot lost control of the plane after touchdown, and it drifted to the left and collided with a tree. Two passengers and the pilot were hurt. The safety of the other eight passengers was not jeopardized. The plane was severely damaged.

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