Tabora future bright as Precision Air re-launch flight

Tabora is set for increased trade and investments as Precision Air resumed flights operations in the western region.

The local airline resumption of their services last Friday after major repairs of the airport, is expected to open up the region and unlock trade and investment opportunities in the region to local and foreign investors.

“The flight is most welcome as it will welcome the region and the rest of the country and the world,” the Tabora Urban District Commissioner, Suleiman Kumchaya, said at a short ceremony at the refurbished airport after the PW airline touched down, being six years after it had suspended its flights to the region due to poor state of the airport.

The region economy depends on agriculture — beekeeping, tobacco and timber — and has no heavy industry. According to 2007 government data, it was ranked number 10 for contribution to the national economy.

The DC announced that next month the region would hold a first ever investment forum organized by Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (TCCIA) which is expected to bring local and international investors.

Tabora Regional Manager for Tanzania Airport Authority, Ezekiel Mwalutende said upgrading of the airport began in 2011 where a new1.9 kilometre runway was constructed.

The new runway allows landing of up to 70 seater-aircrafts. Mr Mwalutende also said night navigation would be installed next year.

“The coming of PW flights will also uplift the TAA Tabora’s revenue through landing and parking fees,” Mr Mwalutende said.

The second phase starting July is expecting to upgrade the 1.5 kilometre of the old runaway that will run across the new one and building apron and departure and arrival enough to accommodate 100 to 150 travellers.

One of the passengers, Rashid Suleiman, a material engineer with Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company, said the flight to Tabora cuts road and railway travelling time from 12 hours to two hours.

“This will surely open up the region as many people (especially businesspersons) will be able to travel using different options,” Mr Suleiman, who resides in Muscat, Oman, said.

Mr Suleiman, a Tanzanian who leaves in Oman, was one of the first passengers who were on the inaugural flight. PW National Sales Manager Ms Jean Uku said the airline —listed at Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, had planned to re-launch the flight for quite long time but failed due to limited availability of equipment.

However, with the approach from local government requesting our services to connect both Tabora and Kigoma,” she said, “(this) was well received by most of our potential customers.”
Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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