Tanzania: Air Tanzania Suspends Scheduled Flights to South Africa

Air Tanzania's Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at the Julius Nyerere International Airport.

One day after Tanzania secured its aircraft -the Airbus A220-300 which was seized in South Africa, Works Transport and Communication minister Isack Kamwelwe has announced a temporary suspension of ATCL scheduled flights to South Africa due to xenophobic violence.

According to the Minister Air Tanzania was scheduled to fly to South Africa tomorrow Friday but it will not until the South African authorities commits to assure them of both the safety of the equipment and passengers.

"We have temporarily suspended flights until when calm is restored because we wouldn't want to fly passengers to a destination with chaos," said Kamwelwe who was addressing a gathering at Julius Nyerere International Airport.

In the meantime the Airbus 220-300 will continue plying domestic routes such as Mwanza, Songwe and Dodoma as per the timetable.

He further reiterated that the suspension has nothing to do with the recent seizure of the aircraft something that he says is now in the past.

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