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Air Tanzania returns to ORTIA after ten years

Posted 1 July 2019 · Add Comment

The first of Air Tanzania’s four weekly flights between South Africa and the East African nation took to the skies from O. R. Tambo International Airport today after more than ten years.

 

Tanzania will operate four direct flights a week on a Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday directly to the Tanzanian capital of Dar es Salaam. Air Tanzania will operate two types of aircraft on the route, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 240 seats and an Airbus A220 with 120 seats.

Bongiwe Pityi-Vokwana, general manager of O.R Tambo International Airport, says: “We are delighted to welcome Air Tanzania, particularly as increasing mobility between African countries is essential to economic development.

“The successful implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, signed by 44 African countries last year, requires greater movement and trade among African countries. We therefore believe that new direct connections between South Africa and Tanzania will deepen regional integration, improve intra-regional trade levels and air connectivity.”

“We wish Air Tanzania every success and encourage South African travellers to visit Tanzania,” said Pityi-Vokwana.

Managing director of Air Tanzania, Ladislaus Matindi added: “We have listened to our passenger requests to have direct flights to Johannesburg and believe that this will also offer more travel opportunities for South Africans.

“Tanzania is in an increasingly popular destination within Africa and we believe greater connectivity will encourage more South Africans to visit our country. For us, this new route is a significant entry to the southern African market and we are confident of being able to grow further around the region.”

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