AIR Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) resumed Dar es Salaam - Mtwara flights at the weekend, beginning with a schedule of four times a week and promised to offer services at very competitive rates.
The ATCL Acting Commercial Director, Ms Mwanamvua Ngocho, also said that the airlines was contemplating to increase frequency of flights to the strategic southern natural gasrich destination depending on demand. "I want to assure Mtwara residents that the national airline has come to serve the people of this region.
We will fly to Mtwara four times in a week. ".. that is on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, but adjustments will be made depending on demand. Passengers to this destination should expect from ATCL airline services which are safe and cost effective," she said.
Ms Ngocho further said the airline will charge from 199,000/- for a return ticket and promised that the airline will work on cutting down the travelling costs further to enable travellers to and from Mtwara realise the commercial benefits of using air transport.
The Mayor of Mtwara- Mikindani, Mr Selemani Mtalika Shilingi, who was the Chief Guest, said the era of monopoly enjoyed by a single airline to that destination was now over after the entry of ATCL. "We don't expect airlines to charge prohibitive fares any more.
I am happy to see the national airline resuming its services to Mtwara. "For a long time, Mtwara had been a monopoly of a single airline, much to the chagrin of Mtwara residents," he said. The Mayor said the rate of passengers travelling to Mtwara Region has increased tremendously in the recent past, because of the commercial face that Mtwara has acquired after striking new on-shore and offshore natural gas fields in the area.
"Many investors are coming in and soon Mtwara will have a different outlook. This has pulled investors and air travellers to our region," he said. The airline used its 50-seater Dash 8-300 plane, but the management said once the number of passengers go up a Boeing would be deployed.