Deputy Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Transport John Mngodo has said undertaking research and analysis is vital in order to acquire initiatives that can benefit the country’s economy.
He made the remarks recently at the inauguration ceremony of Precision Air flights in Lusaka, Zambia where he also reiterated the Tanzanian government’s support on the airline.
“On behalf of the Government of Tanzania, I would like to reiterate our support to Precision Air and other airline investors who dare to undertake the necessary research and analysis and come up with such initiatives that benefit our economies,” he said.
“Definitely we do expect such an endeavour by Precision Air would result in multiplier effects in air travel in the region and reduce the costs of doing business and therefore present our region as an attractive destination for investment,” he added.
The Zambian minister for Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Yamfwa Mukanga said the planes’ new route between Lusaka and Dar es Salaam is an eye opening that would trigger trade and tourism between the two nations.
“The round-robin flight launched today will facilitate lucrative trade and tourism, as well as increase interaction and understanding between our peoples. Undeniably it will act as an extra pillar to strengthen the current relations that we have and lift it to a better position of cooperation between our partnering states,” Mukanga said.
Meanwhile, Precision Air’s Group’s Managing Director and CEO Alfonse Kioko said that the airline was committed to eliminating the bother which passengers between Zambia and Tanzania get by having to travel 9 hours plus through other places to arrive in Lusaka or Dar es Salaam due to the lack of convenient and direct flights.
Tanzanian High Commissioner to Zambia Grace Mujuma commended the airline for the successes achieved, adding: “When word went round that Precision was starting flights to Lusaka, there was some skepticism. Today, you have silenced the skeptics and made Tanzania proud.”
“Definitely we do expect such an endeavour by precision Air would result in multiplier effects in air travel in the region and reduce the costs of doing business and therefore present our region as an attractive destination for investment.” she added.
Also a Zambian businessman, George Makulu said: “There is a lot of excitement in the market and confidence over the Precision Air service given what we have heard about its history- safety record and listing on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange.
” If Precision Air can maintain on time performance and the equipment they use which is good for cargo, we will surely support them,” he added.