Air Tanzania, has recommenced its flights to Entebbe International Airport in Uganda after a decade of absence.
The airline extended its services to Entebbe Airport with its inaugural flight on Sunday, 26th August 2018, touching down at 13;01pm with the 76-Seater Q400 series plane.
The airline, that rejuvenated its glorious flights 2 years ago, after years of dormancy, has been flying mainly domestically to Mbeya, Dodoma, Songea, Mwanza, Tabora, Kigoma, Mtwara and Bukoba.
It has only one international flight to Moroni in the Comoros Islands.
Air Tanzania touchdown at Entebbe International Airport, marked its second international flight, planning to mount flights into Entebbe four times a week.
It will charge $363 for a return ticket to Entebbe, flying on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The airline has plans to launch new routes to Bujumbura, Harare, Johannesburg, and Lusaka after which it will then consider the Rwanda and Nairobi routes.
Aggrey Bagiire State Minister for Works and Transport in Uganda (L) shakes hands with Hon. Kamwelwe Isack Aloyce Minister of Transport in Tanzania (R) during the launch of Air Tanzania's inaugural flight to Uganda on August 26th 2018 at Entebbe Airport. The 76-Seater Q400 series plane touched down at 13:01pm and was received by stakeholders, Civil Aviation Authority officials and Air Tanzania officials.
Aggrey Bagiire Uganda's State Minister Transport said this is a huge step towards easing connections between the East African countries and that it will help boost trade between the two countries.
The Tanzanian Ambassador to Uganda confirmed that Air Tanzania will offer affordable flights with high frequency through Entebbe International Airport totaling to 4 times a week. He was optimistic that the entry of Air Tanzania to the Entebbe route will meet the travel demands of East Africans.
“On top of the low fares, Air Tanzania will offer customers the ability to customize their travel to their needs and budget by allowing excess luggage and issuing tickets that don't expire”, he added.
The Managing Director and CEO of Air Tanzania; Eng. Ladislaus Matindi in a statement that was released said that, the Wings of Kilimanjaro was proud to once again serve East Africa with direct flights and smooth connections to and from Tanzania.
“The service will enhance investment, trade and tourism opportunities in the region,” said Matindi.
Air Tanzania is the flag carrier airline of Tanzania based in Dar es Salaam with its hub at Julius Nyerere International Airport.
It was established in 1977 and has been a member of the African Airlines Association since its inception. Air Tanzania is a wholly owned government company that has served a variety of domestic, regional and international destinations over the years.
The airline operates a fleet of 5 carefully selected aircrafts including a Boeing 787-7 Dreamliner to meet performance, dependability and comfort.
In the 4th quarter of this year, Air Tanzania will be connecting to Mumbai-India, Johannesburg, Bangkok and Guangzhou- China and Harare via Dar es Salaam.