Newly installed surveillance radars boost revenue collections

18Sep 2021
The Guardian
Newly installed surveillance radars boost revenue collections

THE government has said that all new four surveillance radars installed in four major airports in the country have greatly helped increase the number of landing planes and revenue collections as they enable the country to smoothly monitor its entire aviation airspace.

Deputy Minister for Works and Transport Mwita Waitara made this announcement when he visited and inspected Mwanza airport to oversee progress of various activities.

He said the government has instead spent billions of money to purchase the radars which have been installed at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA), Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), Mwanza Airport and Songwe Airport.

Previously, Tanzania was using old aviation radar which was installed at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in 2002, monitoring only 25 percent of its aviation airspace.

He said the installation of the modern radars is part of the government’s strategy to improve the civil aviation industry in the country.

“Safety of our skies is of paramount importance. With the four radars we will be able to monitor our entire airspace and beyond and this will help all the planes to pay required levies and thus improve our revenue collections,” he said.

He hailed Tanzanian youth who are patriotically working and guiding the radars and now the country is re-regulating itself instead of depending on experts from outside the country.

“I have been in Songwe, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and now in Mwanza, I am so happy to see how the government is doing great investments to boost the aviation industry,” he said.

He further said that despite impacts brought by Covid-19, revenue collections in the aviation industry have increased.

Pascal Kalumbate, Mwanza Airport manager said tourism sector has regained power and is now improving as they now serve a number of planes taking off and landing at the airport.

“Security has also been strengthened due to the installation of the surveillance radar,” he said.

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