Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

1 February 2013

Tanzania: Precision Air Enhances Its Operations From Mwanza

THE Precision Air (PW) has turned Mwanza as a minihub that not only serves the country's Lake Zone in and outbound flights but also the entire East African bloc.

The airline said the Mwanza Airport is currently serving its direct flights from Nairobi, Kilimanjaro, Bukoba, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, and now Kigoma after it resumed on Wednesday. PW's Head of Marketing and Branding, Ms Linda Chiza, said given the importance of the Airport the airline has resumed daily Kigoma flights but would be served from Mwanza's minihub.

"There are many passengers from within the EAC bloc and want to fly to Kigoma, therefore its economic to connect them from Mwanza," Ms Chiza said. She added: "If the need arise we will introduce a direct flight from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma, as at the moment the economies of scales do not permit nonstop flight."

Ms Chiza was speaking during the function for resumption of the Dar-Kigoma flights that were suspended in August to give room for Kigoma Airport major renovation. She told journalists that the airline would continue to deploy ATR equipment until the Kigoma's airport runaway is expanded to accommodate Boeing 737, in the near future.

The airline said the Kigoma flights, will be on Tuesday and Thursday and the arrival at Kigoma around noon. PW's Head of Revenue Management Mr Elvis Ndomo said they are anticipating a cabin factor of about 100 per cent since the lake side town had no reliable air transport for almost six months.

"This is a good route and prospects are high," Mr Ndomo said pegging their hope on the competitive fare of 199,000/- all tax and onboard service inclusive for a single-leg similar to Dar-Mwanza return. The Dar-Kigoma return is 349,000/- all tax inclusive.

PW is listed on Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) and its share was changing hands at 475/- a piece yesterday. "We (Precision Air) are keen to provide hassle free travel," the Airline's Sales Manager-Dar and Zanzibar, Mrs Nancy Bagaka said. The reintroduction of Kigoma is the 19th destination that the airline is current flying. The latest is Songwe.

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