Air Tanzania pacts with Air India for route connectivity

19Jan 2021
Henry Mwangonde
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Air Tanzania pacts with Air India for route connectivity

​​​​​​​AIR Tanzania Co. Ltd (ATCL) has entered into an interline agreement with Air India aimed at expanding its connectivity to customers.

ATCL Managing Director Ladislaus Matindi.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, ATCL Managing Director Ladislaus Matindi said the deal provides for the two airlines to sell tickets jointly for flights on their route networks, allowing customers to travel with one ticket, check-in once, and check bags at their final destinations

He said that from now customers on ATCL’s route to India will have access to a wide portfolio of destinations on Air India domestic network, with more than 100 destinations via Mumbai.

In turn, Air India customers will have convenient access to ATCL’s impressive network in East and Southern Africa, he stated.

ATCL sees this pact as vital to strengthening its international presence, especially presenting Air India service to its clients who want to explore India as well as Far East countries, he said.

Currently ATCL flies twice to Mumbai, from the four trips per week it was operating before the outbreak of l the coronavirus pandemic.

In his remarks, Indian Deputy High Commissioner R. Chandramoul said the agreement will boost inter-trade between the two countries whose trade volume stands at $1.4bn annually, by end of November 2020.

He said the agreement is an aspect of preparations for extending the two airline’s trips to international destinations.

A few years ago, Tanzania developed a national carrier revitalisation programme, including purchasing six new aircraft between 2016 and 2018, payment of debts and provision of start-up capital, along with improvement and modernization of its business model.

Purchasing the aircraft was part of Air Tanzania’s plan to grow its operations across the sub-region and  to wider international destinations.

Air Tanzania was established as Air Tanzania Corporation (ATC) in September in 1977 after the collapse of the East African Airways, a jointly owned regional carrier. Tthe airline has perennially operated at a loss and periodically seeks government subsidies. Read More...https://epaper.ippmedia.com

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