ATCL records upward passenger increase

ATC's B737-500
Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) passenger numbers have increased hugely thanks to the loyal customer base and public trust, the company’s Acting CEO Paul Chizi has said.

He said in a press statement issued on Sunday that the company will be able to retain it’s position as a leader in the country’s aviation business following such positive support from the public.

He said the company’s Boeing 737-500 plane that is currently been used on the Dar es Salaam-Kilimanjaro-Mwanza route has been booked fully in the past three days which is a positive sign for the company.

“Our 108-seater plane which flies in this route twice daily has been booked to full capacity and this is a signal that the public still has faith in us. I did not know that we would be able to pick up so fast since there are other service providers on that very route as well”, he said, adding:

“We are now focused on providing timely and affordable services. I call upon the public to continue with such patriotism for the benefit of the company and the country at large,” he said. Mr Chizi said that plans of acquiring another plane that will cover international flights are going on smoothly.

“Since our plan is to start international flights, definitely the plane has to be bigger and this will happen within the next three to six weeks,” he added. He said the ATCL is now focused on implementing its five-year development plan that will help increase the company’s efficiency and service delivery.

“We are focused to increase service delivery as well as winning our lost glory. We will be acquiring another Boeing plane and negotiations have already begun.

ATCL’s resumption of services has created price wars within the country’s aviation industry that has seen other flight carriers that include Precision Air slash fares in recent days to match ATCL’s 199,900/- offer for a return ticket on the Dar es Salaam-Kilimanjaro-Mwanza route.

Before ATCL’s resumption of services, other airliners were charging between 250,000/- and 350,000/- on the Dar es Salaam- Mwanza route.
Source: The Daily News, http://www.dailynews.co.tz   
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