Why we won’t fly four routes: ATCL

Friday October 17 2014

By Veneranda Sumila,The Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam. Air Tanzania yesterday announced suspension of flights to four domestic destinations for six days as its aircraft goes for scheduled maintenance.

The airline is currently waiting for a leased CRJ-200 which is expected to jet into the country by next Tuesday to replace the bombardier aircraft which has been serving the domestic routes, according to a statement published yesterday.

The affected routes include Kigoma, Mwanza, Mtwara and Tabora.

Speaking to The Citizen over a phone interview, Air Tanzania managing director Milton Lazaro said that the suspension follows a normal safety procedure which requires planes to undergo scheduled check-C maintenance after certain flying hours.

 “The arrival of the leased plane will see Air Tanzania immediately resuming to serve the affected domestic routes. So by Wednesday October 22 schedules of all domestic routes will resume as normal, ” said Mr Lazaro.

The maintenance of the bombardier aircraft will be done in the country by experienced Air Tanzania engineers, the statement stated.

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“Air Tanzania upholds the safety of its passengers and will do what it takes to ensure that its facilities meet and exceeds the required standards, a reason why it has taken its bombardier aircraft for a major checkup,” read the statement.

 “However, during this period our flight to Comoro will not be affected. Operations on this route will continue as per normal with onward connections to Anjouan and Moheri. The South African schedule, on which our passengers use interair services will go on as normal,” read the statement.

Mr Lazaro said that the same bombardier plane will be used to ply to Comoro because it is a shorter distance.

According to the airline, passengers holding tickets on the affected flights will be refunded through Air Tanzania or travel agents depending on where the tickets were purchased or uplifted in other carriers.