Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam, the ATCL Acting Chief Executive Officer, Captain Milton Lazaro said the company plans to implement its aggressive expansion strategy that will help restore its lost glory. ‚ÄúWe will resume services this Friday but with more domestic flights on¬† our plans.
We will commence with the Dar es ‚ÄìSalaam-Mwanza-Kilimanjaro route before embarking on the Dar-es Salaam-Arusha ‚ÄìZanzibar route that will be launched on November 2. Lazaro noted that the national flag carrier also plans to launch Dar-es Salaam ‚ÄìMtwara route on November 16 using its Dash 8-300 plane that has been under maintenance after it land crashed during take off at Kigoma airport a few months ago.
‚ÄúWe are grateful to our loyal customers for being with us during the difficult times when we suspended services but we promise that we will be giving them unmatched services,‚Äù Lazaro said. He said the company‚Äôs future plans are to make the airline the market leader in the business.
He said plans are underway to purchase two big planes that will be used to serve the international routes between December and early next year, naming Dubai as among the potential destinations. ‚ÄúWe are a national airline, we need to keep this national status by providing services that meet our status and customer expectations. We have been able to scrutinize challenges that have been facing the company and found possible solutions", he said, adding:
"Our challenge now is to focus on reviving the reputation of the company. We are planning to buy more planes but also enter into joint-ventures with reputable airlines to increase our fleet,‚Äù he added. Commenting on the ATCL-Aero Vista contract that was partially suspended in August this year, Captain Lazaro said talks between the two companies are going on smoothly, urging that an agreement will be reached soon.
‚ÄúWe anticipate that we will finally reach an agreement for the benefit of the two companies. We need to come to terms in order for our business relationship to be sustainable,‚Äù he said.