The RC made the remarks here on Monday shortly after visiting and inspecting the ongoing rehabilitation of the airport facility.
RC Ibuge expressed his satisfaction with the exercise calling on contractors and supervisors to ensure that the work is completed on time, saying the government's hope is that once the work is completed, the airport will increase the number of passengers to and from Songea, as some residents of the neighboring Njombe and Lindi regions have begun using the airport for various business trips.
The expansion and rehabilitation of the airport is implemented by the Chinese company-Chico and the Tanzania Roads Agency (Tanroads) in RUVUMA Region.
He said that since the expansion work started has facilitated increase of number of flights from two to three per week and thanking the government for allocating the funds that have enabled the expansion work to be done more efficiently.
"After the expansion, now flights are conducted Monday, Wednesday and Fridays through the Air Tanzania Corporation Limited (ATCL).The airport is safe and Ruvuma residents and others in the neighboring regions are happy with these projects as they know that their businesses will improve," he said.
He commended the government for investing heavily in improving the country's infrastructures to boost the economy, appealing to Ruvuma residents and those from the neighboring region, to use the airport for normal and business travels.
The RC also said that the expansion of the airport will also attract more tourists in the region which is blessed with a number of tourist attractions.
Ibuge mentioned some of the attractions include the shores of Lake Nyasa, Livingstone Mountains, the Nyerere National Park, the Majimaji war heroes museum and the Liparamba Forest.
Tanroads manager in Ruvuma Region Razak Alanuswe said the airport said some of the areas which have been completed include the taking off and landing areas and putting lines.
According to Alinanuswe, the ongoing work include expansion of runway from the current 1600 metres to 1860 metres so as to enable it accommodate bigger planes.
The airport manager, Jordan Mchami said that due to the expansion and increased number of flights, the fare per passenger has decreased to 250,000/- from the previous 600,000/- thus attracting more people to use the airport.