PRECISION Air Services (PW) is set to launch its flights to Mbeya through Songwe Airport on Wednesday next week, an official said.
The PW Head of Brand and Marketing, Ms Linda Chiza, said the Dar-Songwe route would be served by the airline's ATR-72 which has the capacity to carry 70 passengers.
She said her company has planned for four scheduled flights per week for this new route, as introductory frequency and adjustment would be done as the route matures. "The aim is to give our customers a schedule which will fit to their needs," she added.
"We are proud to launch this new route to Songwe Airport, which will allow us now to serve passengers from Mbeya and regions in the Southern Highlands. "We believe that taking our services to Mbeya will ease transport to tourists, traders and corporates visiting these regions which are rich in tourist attractions such as Ruaha National Park and Katavi as well as several other game sanctuaries.
"There are also minerals such as coal, gold, iron-ore and gemstones. We also know that Mbeya is the gateway to neighbouring countries including Zambia and Malawi which make it a strategic business destination," said Ms Linda.
She said Mbeya route becomes PW's 18th destination apart from other connection routes, making the airline a giant local airline in terms of destinations and the size of its fleet. "After the launch of Mbeya route, we will embark on our aggressive route expansion plans and increasing frequencies of our flights to the destinations we are currently flying.
"According to our expansion plan, after Mbeya launch, we will reinstate the Dar es Salaam-Kigoma route which was suspended to allow renovation of the Kigoma Airport. Now that it is ready, we want to continue serving our customers there," said Ms Linda.