ATCL wants to enhance services while also launching new international and African destinations.
In an effort to broaden its reach across Africa, state-run Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) of Tanzania will start flying to Nigeria and Ghana in 2023
Ladislaus Matindi, managing director of ATCL, revealed this. He said in addition to launching service to Goma and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the national airline would also enhance some domestic routes.
According to Matindi, ATCL wants to enhance services while also launching new international and African destinations.
He also said that flights to China and South Africa that ATCL had cancelled because of the COVID-19 epidemic have now restarted.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Government is yet to determine when the country’s national carrier, called 'Nigeria Air' will commence operation.
This was disclosed by aviation minister Hadi Sirika in July while briefing journalists on the resolution of the government to approve the leasing of three aircraft to facilitate the quick operation of the airline.
Mr Sirika said Nigeria Air will start with domestic flights before expanding to international routes.
This comes about four years after the unveiling of the Nigeria Air logo at the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA), the biggest air show in the world.
Sirika unveiled the national carrier named, Nigeria Air at an edition of the show in 2018, including its logo, livery and design of the national carrier.
Four years after its unveiling, the airline has yet to start operations.
Many Nigerians are not happy about the idea of launching a national carrier, partially using taxpayer money, at a time when the government is no longer able to pay for its basic functions.
SaharaReporters had reported that between January and April, the Nigerian government spent more money on debt service than it really made during that time.
But according to the government, the national carrier will be mostly driven by the private sector.