TANZANIA (eTN) - Responding to outcries from tourists and business travelers between Tanzania and Zambia, Precision Air, Tanzania's fast-growing, private-owned airline, has launched three weekly flights connecting Tanzania's capital of Dar es Salaam and the Zambian capital of Lusaka.
The direct flights to Lusaka are expected to boost tourism and business travel between Tanzania and Zambia; all members of the Regional Tourism Association of Southern Africa (RETOSA) once lacked direct air connection between their capital cities.
With the introduction of this new route, now it takes just two hours to fly from Dar es Salaam to Lusaka, cutting flying hours from nine when connecting through Johannesburg.
The Dar es Salaam to Lusaka route is the sixth international route for the antelope-tailed airline. Other routes are Johannesburg, Hahaya, Nairobi, Entebbe, and Mombasa. Domestically, Precision Air covers big towns in Tanzania.
The airline's founder and chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Michael Shirima, said the launching of the 16th destination to Lusaka was another milestone in the growth of the company with the aim of exploring the whole African aviation market.
"The Lusaka and Lubumbashi flights came about after critical research and findings on business viability, and Precision Air realized a gap to be filled in air transport, as well as an opportunity to integrate the different but common cultures," he noted.
Mr. Shirima added that the launching of the new destination was a testament towards commitment to the expansion plan. "As an airline growing fast but carefully and diligently, we are certainly proud of including Central and Southern Africa into the growth path," he remarked.