Air Tanzania strengthens ties with India, launches direct flight from Mumbai to Dar Es Salaam

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Air Tanzania, the national carrier of the United Republic of Tanzania has launched a direct flight from Mumbai to Dar Es Salaam on July 18, 2019. The flight will fly thrice every week on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and is targeted to provide the convenience of travel to two major tourist groups from India, leisure and business travellers. 

Departing from Mumbai at 5:50 hours, the flight will arrive in Tanzania at 9:40 hours in the morning. On its return journey, the flight will depart from Tanzania at 19:30 hours, arriving in Mumbai at 4:20 hours. 

The launch of the direct flight is Air Tanzania’s a bold step to strengthen tourism ties between the two nations. India is one of the key tourism markets for Tanzania, ranking fifth in terms of tourist arrivals to the country. Tanzania, being home to one of the largest Indian communities in Africa also receives many Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFRs), alongside business travellers. With direct connectivity from India’s major business hub, Tanzania is expecting visitor arrivals to reach 1.8 lakh or more. 

Speaking at the launch, Eng. Ladislaus Matindi, Managing Director & CEO of Air Tanzania expressed that the airlines is very delighted to launch the flight in the presence of Indian travel agents and media. He added, “It gives us a great pleasure to launch our flight to Mumbai, India. This new service would significantly strengthen the tourism flow and the trade relation between the two countries. To serve the significant volume of traffic with high-quality service, we have deployed a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on this route for the betterment of our esteemed passengers. Our focus areas would be the safety of our customers, customer satisfaction, best-in-class hospitality, on-time service, hassle-free booking and affordable fares. We are optimistic to see a huge number of people travelling to both countries by Air Tanzania since we rank to be the airline of choice soon and not later.” 

He also revealed that very soon Air Tanzania will be flying a famous Indian film star as a part of its promotion in India. Eight Bollywood celebrities are also expected to travel by Air Tanzania soon. 

Air Tanzania hopes to connect its passengers to Bukoba, Dodoma, Kilimanjaro, Iringa, Mbeya, Mwanza, Tabora, Zanzibar, Bujumbura, Mtwara, Hahaya, Entebbe, Lusaka, Harare, Kigoma and Johannesburg through its hub in Dar Es Salaam. 

With the launch of the direct flight, Air Tanzania endeavours to bring more and more Indian tourists to the beautiful country in the coming days.