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More domestic destinations served with new aircraft

More domestic destinations served with new aircraft

The new team installed at Air Tanzania, and under orders by both Tanzania President Magufuli and his transport minister to show results or else, has wasted no time to put the two new Bombardier Q400NG aircraft to good use.

The airline presently serves Hahaya/Comoros, the only international destination Air Tanzania flies to, three times a week every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, but had notably cranked up domestic destinations.

Arusha’s municipal field is now served six times a week, daily with the exception of Wednesdays, according to the latest scheduling information, avoiding for now the more costly and distant Kilimanjaro International Airport which is more than 50 kilometers from the city of Arusha.

Mwanza, Tanzania’s second largest city, is now served daily again with a mid-morning departure from Dar es Salaam. Kigoma is another destination Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) is now flying to again, according to schedule information five times a week.

The spice island of Zanzibar is also back online with five flights a week, but it is anticipated that once flight load factors have grown, this destination will see flights every day of the week.

Other destinations are under planning, among them a likely return to Mtwara, Tanzania’s so called “Gas Capital” and also to Mbeya – this airport being a challenge as a result of often having no fuel. In the region, planners are said to be eying Nairobi again as well as Entebbe, since earlier this month Fastjet withdrew from both routes leaving a glaring gap in connectivity to Kenya and Uganda.

In a related development, the airline has also advertised for recruitment of trainees for cabin crews, a further indicator that when the third new Bombardier Q400NG arrives, to be followed by two Bombardier CS300s, there will be not only new destinations served by also jobs created in the process.

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