Competition in air travel set to rise with new players

Competition in air transport services in the country is set to increase as the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) is set to approve new licence applications.

The move would see more competition in the domestic air transport, which in turn may lead to lower air transport fares that may attract more people to use the service, according to TCAA.

TCAA has announced that it would meet next month to consider five new applications on air services licences, and two new applications for ground handling services.

The Authority will also consider 15 licence renewal applications and one licence variation application in ground handling services.

According to TCAA currently there are 57 licenced air operators in the country, out of who 40 run more than one service, with the majority providing charter services.

Precision Air B737-300 at Dar
The new licence applicants include M/S Aerovista Tanzania Limited, M/S Zulu Air Tanzania Limited, M/S Neos S.p.A via della Chiesa, M/S Shine Aviation Limited, and M/S Cicada Aviation Limited.

The country’s tourism earnings increased by 8.2 per cent to $1,254.5 million in 2010compared to $ 1,159.8 million recorded in 2009, according to the 2010 International Visitors’ Exit Survey report, accrued from 782,699 international arrivals.
Source: The Citizen,http://www.thecitizen.co.tz, reported by Veneranda Sumila

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