✅ Verified Review
| Travelling from Stone Town Airport Zanzibar City is a bit like travelling used to be in the old days. Firstly, when I approached the airport building down a walkway, I was stopped by a security person who asked for our tickets. That we no longer have plane tickets caused no problem because I had an official printed version of my itinerary, e-ticket number and 6 character booking code. If you do not, you will be sent off to some isolated part of the airfield area to get one (as were a bemused couple in front of me) – from whom I have no idea because the only people likely to be able to provide one are in the terminal. Next we went through the standard x-ray security system. There was only one x-ray machine, they were concerned about my belt and watch but not about any liquids I was carrying. Inside the terminal building were a number of desks for the current flights. Our luggage was weighed on some old scales positioned behind us, then tagged and we were told by a cheerful man that they would be put on a trolley and wheeled out to the plane – no conveyor belts to go wrong here! Then it was time to fill in the Departure Form, queue for immigration, a photograph, fingerprints, another stamp on the visa and we were ready to go through security again in order to get into the departure lounge. This time water was confiscated, and belts and watches removed for the security gate. The departure lounge was small with sufficient seating for two lightly filled planes. There was no air conditioning anywhere so it was very hot and humid. Replacement water was available in the duty free ($1 a bottle) and there were a couple of shops selling snacks and drinks and some very third world toilets. Surprisingly, the duty free had a very good range of children’s books about Africa. Although there are no departure screens, there were fairly clear boarding announcements. Surprisingly there was good free wifi accessed through a passworded system – the password is helpfully given on the log-in page. All passengers are coached to their planes unless they are boarding one of the small tree hugger planes which also use the airport. All building work on the nearby large new terminal seems to have stopped. Although somewhat chaotic and old fashioned, the airport worked for us without any problems other than the heat and humidity.