4 January 2013

Tanzania: ATCL Resumes Kigoma Flights

AIR Tanzania Company Limited (ACTL) resumes Dar es Salaam - Kigoma daily flights on Thursday, following completion of renovation at Kigoma airport.

The ATCL Acting Chief Executive Officer, Captain Milton Lazaro, told journalists that the company would deploy its 50-seater Bombardier Dash 8-300 aircraft on the route. The aircraft was recently certified by the firm's engineers after undergoing major check-C repairs.

"We are now set to resume our Dar es Salaam-Kigoma flights on Thursday, January 10. "We are also working on implementing our aggressive expansion plans which will see us flying to other destinations in the country and beyond," he said.

Captain Lazaro said that ATCL will soon fly to Tabora and Mpanda once rehabilitation and renovation of airport facilities there were completed. "ATCL's strategic plans to start flying to Songwe Airport in Mbeya are at advanced stage. We expect to start flying passengers to that destination on January 20.

"We were still waiting for completion of some work there," he said. According to him, after the launch of Dar es Salaam - Songwe route, the company will go ahead to start flights to Arusha via Zanzibar by the end of this month, which will be accompanied by flights to Mtwara.

"I want to assure our esteem customers that our services are still the best and we offer a very competitive fare to all destinations we are going," he explained. Captain Lazaro said ATCL has plans to add three more planes before the end of this year.

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