Regional Air

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About Regional Air

Established in 1997 as a leader in Tanzania’s aviation industry, Regional Air Services began with a single pilot and aircraft. Affiliated with the well-known Nairobi-based domestic airline, Airkenya, the company is based in Arusha, the northern Tanzanian town that serves as the starting point for all safaris into the region.

Regional Air Services’ schedule connects with Airkenya’s flights to and from Nairobi, as well as flights to Pemba, Mafia, and Selous Park from Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. Currently employing 37 staff members, including 10 pilots, the company was founded and managed for seven years by renowned East African pilot, Iris McCallum. Iris established a reputation for safety, reliability, and friendly efficiency, earning her the prestigious “Guinness Stout Effort” award for bravery in flying in 1980.

Planning a trip around Tanzania is simple, with Kilimanjaro International Airport providing easy access from Europe and the rest of the world. Situated to the west of the airport, the vibrant town of Arusha serves as the gateway to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Regional Air operates daily flights from Arusha, and we are eager to help you embark on a journey to discover the breathtaking beauty and warm hospitality of Tanzania.

Baggage, Check-in and Children

Baggage Allowance:

Passengers are permitted a soft bag weighing up to 15kg, which includes carry-on luggage and camera equipment. Excess baggage acceptance is at the captain’s discretion, depending on the flight’s weight and available space. If excess baggage is accepted, it will be charged at the freight fare rate.

Flying with Children:

Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult while flying.


For departures from Arusha, Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar: Passengers should check in no later than one hour before the scheduled departure time, though arriving two hours in advance is recommended.

For departures from other airstrips: Passengers should check in at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Late check-ins: If passengers haven’t checked in 20 minutes before departure, their tickets may be re-allocated.


Regional Air operates a diverse fleet of aircraft, ensuring a comfortable and reliable flying experience for its passengers. The fleet comprises the following models:

Cessna C208B (4 units): These versatile planes seat 11-13 passengers, making them ideal for accessing remote destinations or accommodating smaller groups.

Cessna F406 (1 unit): With a seating capacity of up to 14 passengers, this aircraft combines comfort and efficiency, perfect for medium-sized groups.

Twin Otter 300 DHC 6-300 (1 unit): This aircraft accommodates up to 20 passengers, providing a spacious environment for larger groups or longer flights.

Regional Air’s diverse fleet ensures a tailored flying experience to cater to a wide range of passenger needs and preferences.

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