ATCL told to aim higher in air transport industry

By Lake Zone Watch writer

Prime Minister Kassim Majalwa has tasked the Ministry of Transport to oversee the success of the Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) to ensure the heavy investment in its growth brings the desired positive results.

Receiving the newly-purchased ATCL Boeing 737-9 Max aircraft at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Majaliwa said ATCL must demonstrate why government has invested heavily in its growth after years of inactivity.

He said the ATCL fleet increase in the transport sector helps trade expansion between Tanzania and other nations in accruing the much-needed foreign exchange, particularly from foreign visitors – the tourists.

Majaliwa urged the Ministry of Transport to increase the number of local experts in the expansion of the transport sector, especially in the air transport industry.

Earlier inviting the guest of honour premier Majaliwa to make his speech, Transport minister Prof Makame Mbarawe briefly said the purchase of the aircraft would greatly reduce the shortage of pilots in the country to run the state-run corporation as many are trained locally at the National Institute of Transport in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

On his part, Ladislaus Matindi, the ATCL chief executive officer, thanked President Samia’s resolve to revitalise his company’s operations.

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