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Precision air to fly to Harare

Precision air to fly to Harare

The PW’s Commercial Director, Mr Patrick Ndekana, told the ‘Daily News’ that the flight will ply the route three times a week before increasing frequencies depending with the performance. “We are planning to start serving the route, which has no direct connection with Dar es Salaam, before the end of this year,” Mr Ndekana said.

He said one of three Boeing planes will serve the route, which has the potential given the fact that there are increasing business activities between Dar and Harare. “This will be our seventh and eighth route in the region,” Mr Ndekana said, but could not announce the fare as it was too early as anything might change to either lower or increase the fares.

The airline, which is designated national carrier, also serves Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya, Lubumbashi in DRC, Comoro, Zambia, and Uganda. The Commercial Director said apart from flying to the new destinations, every thing is ready for them to fly to Songwe Airport in Mbeya immediately after the government opened the airport. “Even if (the airport opens) tomorrow we are ready to fly to Mbeya,” Mr Ndekana said, “Our hopes were raised after the head of state landed recently at the airport signifying that the opening is not that far any longer.”

Songwe Airport is crucial for open-up the southern highlands regions economies, which will see other area like Iringa and Songea start to have direct air link. It will also assist to serve better the neighbouring countries -- Zambia and Malawi. However, the airport construction has been going slowly for over ten years in most cases affected by availability of funds.

The airline, according to the commercial director, airlifted over 900,000 passengers last year but the figure was expected to reach over 1,000,000 at the end of this year. Due to increasing internal passenger influx, the airline decided to cancel its South Africa operations to serve better the domestic routes.

Recently the airline increased the number of flights it makes daily to Arusha to five daily instead of three. Besides the development, the airline also announced that it would increase its travel capacity to Mwanza by introducing Boeing 737- 300 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in a bid to meet increasing demand.

“This is in addition to the already existing ATR and Boeing flights,” said Mr Ndekana. Currently Precision Air has grown its regional footprint of 16 destinations while also being strategically focused on further untapped opportunities in the domestic market.

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