Air Tanzania lands back in Tabora

National flag carrier, Air Tanzania on Saturday landed at Tabora, making it the first commercial airline to serve the route after closure of the airport for over a year to pave the way for renovations of its runway.

The ATCL aircraft was received by Tabora Municipal Council Mayor, Mr Gulam Remtullah, who said that one year suspension of the airline services has slowed down business in Tabora Region and neighbouring areas.

“The resumption of ATC flights to Tabora has pumped fresh breath of life into this region. There are many commercial activities that have been adversely affected for lack of air transport services," he said.

"Now that our own ATC has started to serve the region again, I would like to ask the airline management to consider coming to Tabora daily because many people need this service.

"This can be proved by the large turnout of passengers who booked for this first flight to Tabora and from Tabora to other destinations. If the airline continues to give super services, I am sure it will continue wining trust of many customers,” said Mr Remtullah.         

Introductory frequencies have been set to be Monday, Thursday and Saturday whereby departures on Monday and Saturday will be 11:30am, local time flying direct to Tabora and Wednesday at 06:30 am flying via Kigoma - using its De-Havilland Dash8-Q300 with a capacity of 50 seats.

The Company’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Captain Milton Lazaro said in a statement, last week that the airline would offer reliable, affordable, safe and convenient transport to passengers plying the route.

He said ATCL management decided to re-launch the Tabora route to serve the region which is in line with the airline’s ambition to enhance connectivity with other regions.

“We believe the re-launch of the route will be a catalyst for  economic development of Tabora and the Lake Tanganyika Zone as a whole,” he said.

Captain Lazaro added that the resumption of Tabora route was also influenced by public outcry, calls from travel agents and the Parliament demanding for national airline to fulfill its mission of conducting business while serving the public.

He, however, noted that the airline is set to embark on its ambitious plan that will see it establishing 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. Once the acquisition of the aircraft deal  materialises the public will be notified,” he said.
Source: The Daily News, reported from Tabora
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