CRDB,ATCLchief urge endof year travellers tobuy planetickets digitally

15Dec 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Arusha
The Guardian
CRDB,ATCLchief urge endof year travellers tobuy planetickets digitally

PEOPLE planning to travel anywhere in the country or abroad during the end of year festive season can do so from the comfort of their homes using mobile phones and other electronic gadgets following a collaboration deal struck between CRDB Bank Plc and Air Tanzania Company Limited.

CRDB Bank Plc’s CEO and managing director, Abdulmajid Nsekela speaking after signing a deal which will enable travellers with Air Tanzania Company Limited buy tickets online at a ceremony held in Arusha city yesterday. Photo: Guardian Correspondent.

Speaking in Arusha city yesterday after concluding the agreement, CRDB Group CEO and Managing Director, Abdulmajid Nsekela and ATCL’s Managing Director, Engineer Ladislaus Matindi urged the public to stop making manual purchases involving bulky cash because it is dangerous.

“In addition, buying tickets manually is inconveniencing but also inefficient as it forces one to visit an agent and get their tickets physically,” Nsekela said while praising ATCL’s management for the collaboration which will give relief to thousands of Tanzanians planning to travel both locally and abroad.

Nsekela said CRDB and been working in partnership with ATCL for many years by enabling travellers to buy tickets using TemboaCard which has been used to make payments for plane tickets at over 20,000 CRDB Wakala network countrywide.

“The integration of ATCL and CRDB’s digital platform will not only ease customer access to online ticketing and payment system but also enhance efficiency,” Nsekela added noting that as local companies, the national carrier and the bank whose majority shareholders are Tanzanians, also help to speed up growth through the aviation industry.

Eng Matindi seconded Nsekela’s arguments saying partnering with one of the market’s largest banks, ATCL which commands over 70 percent of air travel market share, hopes to continue growing because of digitization of the ticketing and payment system.

He said integration of the bank and airline’s digital platforms will also help serve its broadening market with more international destinations added this year and many more coming up in 2022.

“Air Tanzania is expected to start direct flights to more international destinations in China, Nigeria, South Africa and the UK in the near future hence this partnership with CRDB Bank is of utmost importance,” the ATCL chief executive noted.