Air Tanzania Grows East African and International Network

Air Tanzania has seen significant improvement since the revival of its flight routes, and acquiring new airlines to expand to a new regional and overseas destination in Mumbai, India. Initiatives to revive Air Tanzania have been commendable and Air Tanzania this far has been serving a single international route to Moroni, Comoros and 12 local routes to: Bukoba, Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Mtwara, Mbeya, Mwanza, Songea, Tabora and Zanzibar. The carrier has added to its fleet; two more Bombardier CS300 and one Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to its fleet which will serve Entebbe, Bujumbura and Mumbai respectively. “We have seen an increase in trade and business opportunities between Dar and Entebbe. Dar es Salaam has been very aggressive in Uganda marketing its port and this has driven up trade between the two countries. This is the market this airline will be keen on serving.” - Charles Kahuthu said.

Air Tanzania Starts to Fly to Entebbe, Uganda and Bujumbura, Burundi
Air Tanzania has launched flights to Uganda’s Entebbe INT Airport as from August 26th. And from Dar es Salaam and to Burundi’s, Bujumbura INT Airport as of August 30th. The return flights will be departing from Dar es Salaam INT Airport at 09h30 every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to Bujumbura, and every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday to Entebbe. The Tanzania national carrier revealed that it will start a four-times-a week direct flight to Entebbe from Dar es Salaam and a three times a week flight to Bujumbura, on two routes which other airlines had tried to feed connecting traffic to their hubs. The direct flights offer relief to regional travellers who have had to endure the complex and unattractive connecting options on these two routes, which are routinely time-consuming and costly.

Special Return Flight Fares to and from Mumbai, India by Air Tanzania
Starting this September, Air Tanzania will start operating return flights between Dar es Salaam and Mumbai every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with return flights on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays on its newly acquired Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner. Return flight tickets will cost only US$455, tax inclusive. “We expect to use this aircraft on the Mumbai route and will later fly to Guangzhou in China as we seek business on the Asian routes,” Mr Matindi said.

Additional Domestic and Regional Flight Routes
“We are also adding new domestic routes in Tanzania to include Iringa, Mpanda, Tanga as well as Shinyanga, which will push our destinations to 17 by the end of the year,” Mr Matindi said. We also understand that Air Tanzania is also in the process of establishing its own ground handling, maintenance, repair and overhaul hangar, the construction of an executive lounge and in-flight catering units at the Julius Nyerere International Airport as part of its restructuring and growth. Air Tanzania is expecting a fourth aircraft, a CS 300 Bombardier, from Canada in November, for both domestic and regional routes. The airline also plans to launch new routes to Harare, Johannesburg, and Lusaka. It will then consider the introduction of flights to Rwanda and Nairobi routes.