01 July, 2022
Source : TCAA

After suspending its flights into many countries including the United Republic of Tanzania more than two (2) years ago, Turkish Airlines, on 23 June 2022 at 0120 hours, touched the runway of Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) in a bid to resume its scheduled flights between Istanbul (Turkey) and Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar (Tanzania). That was indeed a great news to the aviation community in the United Republic of Tanzania, especially at this trying time whereby the world is in the recovery stage of air transport industry after the severe impact following the outbreak of COVID-19 since December 2019.

The airline, using its A330-300 aircraft with 289 seating capacity, will fly the robin-round flight (Istanbul-Kilimanjaro-Zanzibar-Istanbul), 4 times a week, i.e. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, to begin with.

Speaking to the media and the public during the inauguration ceremonies of the Turkish flight resumption held in the mid-night just after the landing of the maiden flight, Hon. Atupele Mwakibete (MP), the Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Works and Transport, who was the Guest of honour of that great night, expressed his total excitement for the confidence that the Turkish Government has shown to the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania by allowing the Turkish Airline’s flight resumption and allowing it this time of need. He pointed out that this comes at the right time given the fact that H.E. Mama Samia Suluhu Hassan has recently inaugurated the Royal Tour Programme in the United States of America and later Tanzania. Coupled with the Government great will to promote tourism and Trade, the resumption of the Turkish flights is indeed paramount.

The Guest of Honor, undelined the importance of improvement of our preparedness in handling tourist influx as a result of the Royal Tour Programme whose implementation requires great attribute of air transport.

On her part, the KADCO chairperson, Dr. Natu Mwamba, said that the resumption of the Turkish flights into KIA, will adversely contribute the popularity of KIA in terms of handling tourists and therefore bring more tourists, not from Turkey only, but from other places in the world given that Istanbul is one of the greatest flight hubs globally. “This will greatly support the implementation of the Royal Tour Programme as air transport is a critical component in the implementation of the Programme”, Dr. Mwamba said.

The Board chairperson further alluded that, apart from the tourist-related benefits of the flight resumption, KADCO will improve revenues because of the increased flights and pasengers that will be handled at KIA. Further, Dr. Mwamba pointed out that the decision by the Turkish Government of the flight resumption will improve dilopmatic relationship between the Governments of the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Turkey.

The message to the public was concluded by the Turkish Airlines Country Representative who assured the travelling community safe and reliable services by Turkish Airlines all the time.