Italian carrier Air Italy offers discounted Business Class tickets for their nonstop services from Milan Malpensa to Dakar, Senegal Mombasa, Kenya and the Island of Zanzibar. Fares start at €1,089, giving you the opportunity to explore the Africa’s coast lines as well as one of Europe’s youngest airlines.
Air Italy sends members of its Airbus A330-200 fleet to all three destinations. These belonged to Qatar Airways before and their premium cabins are still equipped with remains of QR’s product. As a result, you can expect seats that recline up to 160 degrees, an almost lie flat position. This is very convenient on the overnight trips to or from Milan.
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Fare rules do not give any information or restrictions for these fares. To ease your flight search regardless: Air Italy services Mombasa on Tuesdays and Fridays. Planes leave for Zanzibar an Tuesday and Thursday, and leave a day later just after midnight. Dakar receives nonstop service Monday through Wednesday, as well as on Fridays.
We recommend to use Google Flights to find suiting travel dates (instructions). You can purchase your tickets at one of the OTAs displayed by our flight search or at Air Italy’s website. We recommend buying premium tickets at the carrier’s website. In this case, communication will be a lot easier if any problems arise.
Air Italy’s Business Class
After a rebranding in 2018, current day Air Italy has nothing in common with the leisure carrier operating under the same name before. With financial backing (and some planes) from Qatar Airways, the airline set high goals to overtake Alitalia as Italy’s premier airline.
Because their A330 fleet used to belong to Qatar Airways (QR), their Business Class product shows flashes of QR’s premium cabin, like printed menus and 160 degree reclinable lie flat seats. Reviews of this product have been generally positive, like this one.
Information & Tips for Kenya
Immigration & Visa Requirements
EU citizens currently require a visa to enter Kenya. A single-entry visa costs $51 USD and is free for children under the age of 16 when traveling together with their parents.
You can apply for a visa online. Follow the instructions here. You can pay by Visa or Mastercard. It can take up to 2 work days for your visa application to be processed. You have to take a printed copy of your e-Visa to immigration when entering the country.
You can alternatively apply for a Visa on arrival at the airport in Nairobi or Mombasa.
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Information & Tips for Zanzibar
The Zanzibar archipelago with its main island Unguja lies in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa and belongs to Tanzania. Zanzibar is especially known for its beautiful beaches and as an inexpensive alternative to the Maldives. The Unesco World Heritage Site Stone Town with its buildings made of light coral limestone and mangrove wood in the 19th century is also worth a visit.
Best Time to Visit
Zanzibar is relatively close to the equator and therefore the climate is tropical. Due to the southwest and northeast monsoon there are two rainy seasons per year between the end of March and the end of May and in November and December. Temperatures average 27°C with maximums just above 30°C and nightly temperatures not below 20°C. During the two rainy seasons the humidity can be very unpleasant. Therefore the ideal travel time is between the beginning of June and the end of September as well as in January and February. In general, however, you can visit Zanzibar all year round.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
With most EU passports (must be valid for at least 6 months on departure) a visa is required for Tanzania. You can apply for the visa either in advance at an embassy or as a Visa on Arrival for a fee of $50 when entering the country at the Zanzibar International Airport. The fee can only be paid by credit card.
In addition, depending on the airline, an exit fee or tax may be payable on departure from Zanzibar International Airport. For some airlines the departure tax is already included in the airfare.
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