Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) has officially joined the Dar es Salaam – Entebbe air route, one of the most competitive flight path in the East African region market, after the flag carrier of Tanzania launched its operations to Uganda. The flights to the landlocked country started off in the closing of August.
Several other airlines use the same route including Africa’s largest airline Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and RwandAir. The presence of these companies makes it more competitive for Air Tanzania. Ethiopian and Kenya Airways have dominated the skyways in Africa and seek to expand their territories beyond. Their quality services and customer service experience have given them a cutting edge in the aviation sector. They have invested in promising markets to catapult their operations.
The national carrier will fly four times a week to Uganda from Dar es Salaam International Airport (DSE). The airline will pass via Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) as a strategic means to develop its economic sectors and increase business opportunities. The ripple effect of the international flight could prove to reward the Government of Tanzania.
Air Tanzania’s flight to Entebbe becomes but only the third international flight of the company after securing operations to Moroni and Bujumbura in Comoros Island and Burundi respectively. The airline unveiled new plans to increase domestic flights to serve the growing market locally and spur the growth of businesses.
ATCL is to start its first cross-continental flight to India’ largest city, Mumbai. It will offer three flights a week to the financial centre as part of its development plan. The airline has made a significant investment in plane acquisition to give quality services to the travellers and lure more investors.
The new international flight will bolster trading activities between the two countries and open room for more businesses to happen. The flight lane will as well spur investment for economic development domestically and regionally. The possible skyway should act as a bait to attract investors not only in the aviation industry but also in the manufacturing sector to propel the industrialisation goal of the country.
The aviation sector is gaining competitive with the introduction of new technology. Governments are investing heavily in better infrastructure to lure businesses. The aviation industry touted for greatness in Africa has brought Head of States together to discuss ways to make the sector better and strengthen their economies. The open skies policy has played a fundamental factor in bolstering trade.
Air Tanzania currently flies to 11 destinations with a fleet size of 5 aircraft. Its plan to fly to Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi would need more investment especially financially. It is a vehicle to promote tourism in the country with the new opportunities, raising tourism revenues to a greater stake.