Tanzania’s national flag carrier, Air Tanzania, resumes Dar es Salaam-Tabora flights this week, after suspending the route for over a year to allow maintenance of the airport’s runway.
The Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) Acting Chief Executive Officer, Captain Milton Lazaro, said in a statement that the airline was set to offer reliable, affordable, safe and convenient transport to passengers plying the route.
Captain Lazaro said the airline would offer three frequencies a week using its 50-seater De-Havilland Dash8-Q300. He said the flights would be on Monday, Thursday and Saturday whereby departures on Monday and Saturday will be 11:30am, flying directly to Tabora and Wednesday at 06:30 am flying via Kigoma.
“ATCL has chosen to resume Dar-es Salaam-Tabora flights because of the company’s commitment to provide reliable and affordable services to the people of Tabora especially the business community,” Captain Lazaro said.
He said the ATCL management decided that the airline re-launches the Tabora route as a noble cause to serve the region which is in line with the airline’s ambition to enhance connectivity with other regions. “We have also realised that there has been no dedicated sustainable surface transport operator to serve the route effectively since our exit.
We believe the re-launch of the route will be a catalyst for the economic development of Tabora and the Lake Zone as a whole,” he said.
Captain Lazaro added that resumption of Tabora route was also influenced by public outcry, calls from travel agents and Parliament that wanted the national airline to fulfil its mission of conducting business while serving the public.
He further said that the airline was set to embark on its ambitious plan to open new domestic routes that include Songwe and resumption of Arusha, Zanzibar and Mwanza routes. “These new routes will be embarked on upon receiving our own new aircraft later this year. The public will be notified once the acquisition of the aircraft materialises,” he said.
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