11 July 2012

Tanzania: ATCL Launches Direct Flight to Comoros

Hahaya — AIR Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) on Tuesday re-launched its Dar Es Salaam - Hahaya route as part of the firm's five-year development strategy to increase fleet and travel frequency.

The national flag carrier had since 2008 suspended flights to the Comoros.

Speaking shortly after landing at Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport at Hahaya, he said the company would operate four frequencies each week for the new route promising unbeatable services.

"We have today re-launched the Dar es Salam-Comoros route as our first international flight since we resumed services two months ago. We have decided to re-launch the route to effectively utilise our 108-seater Boeing 700-500 aircraft.

"We believe that our services will help improve bilateral relations between the two countries, increase trade volume between the two countries and provide a gateway for passengers from Comoros connecting to further destinations through Dar es Salaam," she said.

Ms Mwanamvua said her company still has plans to embark on more regional and international destinations including Lusaka and Johannesburg, among others, subject to acquirement of another plane.

"We are striving to get another plane that will help us to embark on international flights we might in some cases enter into joint ventures and partnerships with regional airlines to achieve our goal," she said.

Ms Mwanamvua was optimistic that there will be huge trade opportunities that will be realized with the company's resumption of services at the Comoros, calling on Tanzanians to grab and exploit such opportunities.

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