AIR TANZANIA GETS BACK INTO THE SKIES, AGAIN
Following the extensive repairs to the airline’s Bombardier Q300 turboprop aircraft, damaged in a takeoff mishap in April last year in Kigoma, it is understood that Air Tanzania will resume flight operations this week, returning in fact to Kigoma as their first route.
Additional destinations for ATCL will be the Zanzibar and Arusha but also the new Songwe Airport in Mbeya. This according to a regular aviation source in Dar es Salaam, is to be followed by resumed flights to Mtwara.
ATCL’s CEO Capt. Lazaro Milton has reportedly also given indication that the airline will, as repeatedly announced last year, introduce additional aircraft to more effectively cover the domestic market but also resume regional flights to such destinations as Nairobi, Entebbe and other financially viable destinations.
Returning to the routes now mentioned will put ATCL in direct competition with Precision Air, which has in end December already announced flights to Mbeya’s Songwe Airport and is already on some of the other routes using their workhorse ATR fleet.
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