Precision secures landing permit in DRC

PW aircraft at Nyerere airport in Dar
Precision Air has finally secured a landing permit from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) allowing it to fly to Lusaka through Lubumbashi.

Sources from the airline's management told The Citizen yesterday that the permit was issued last week and a Precision Air plane landed for the first time in Lubumbashi last Friday.

Precision Air launched its Dar – Lusaka route via Lubumbashi last month but was not able to land in the DRC city following a delay in issuing a landing permit.

“We received the landing permit last week and started to land in Lubumbashi begiinning Friday, but I cannot give you more details as I am not the official spokesperson of the company.

“If you want to get more information contact the company’s managing director,” said a Precision Air official who preferred anonymity.

Efforts to get comments from the Precision Air managing director and chief executive officer Alfonse Kioko bore no fruits as his phone was not picked. However, The Citizen learnt that he was attending an important training in Dar es Salaam.

Recently the airline's chief executive officer said in Dar es Salaam that the Airline would ply the new route using its newly-acquired Boeing 737-300.He said the airline would fly from Dar es Salaam to Lusaka through Lubumbashi three times a week.

Precision Air was established in 1993 as a private charter air transport company, operating a five-seater piper Aztec aircraft that provided connections for tourists visiting the country.

The airline currently offers connections to all major towns in Tanzania and regionally flies to Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya and Entebbe in Uganda. The Dar – Lusaka route has made a total of 17 destinations in which Precision Air operates.
Source: The Citizen,http://www.thecitizen.co.tz, reported by Veneranda Sumila


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