ATCL urges local merchants to start using its Mumbai route

13Feb 2020
Henry Mwangonde
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
ATCL urges local merchants to start using its Mumbai route

​​​​​​​AIR Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) is set to carry a delegation of Tanzanian businesspeople to India to attend a trade forum with their counterparts in the Asian country.

ATCL head of communications Japhet Kagirwa.

The forum is also expected to allow the Tanzanian delegation to pursue various opportunities for crop markets.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, ATCL head of communications Japhet Kagirwa said the trip will involve the company’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner which has the capacity to carry 262 passengers.

“This trip will take place on March 4, and will involve investors and businesspeople for a meeting which will take place in Mumbai,” he said.

The delegation is expected to return on March 7 after the two days forum, he said, noting that costs for the trip like transport and accommodation are set at $500 to $700.

“If you choose to participate in the forum, $500 will include go and return tickets while the $700 will include tickets to and from plus accommodation.”

He said the trip will offer various opportunities including business opportunities between the two countries, how to transport goods between Tanzania and India as well as how to find interested business partners.

The trip and the forum are just the beginning as this opportunity will be offered to visit other countries covered by ATCL flights, he said.

Two years ago, Tanzania developed a programme to revitalize its national carrier which included purchasing six new aircraft from 2016 to 2018, payment of debts and provision of start-up capital, targeting an improvement and modernization of business.

The aircraft is part of Air Tanzania’s plans to grow its operations across Africa and distant international destinations.

The government ordered the management of the national carrier to lay down new strategies to turnaround the ailing airline into a competitive commercial outfit.

Air Tanzania was established as Air Tanzania Corporation (ATC) in September 1977 after the collapse of the regional East African Airways. Since then, the airline had been operating at a loss and depending on government subsidies.

Last year it launched the India route and carrying the delegation is just one of the successes of the airline in its efforts to expand its wings.