Tanzania government set to overhaul national airline’s management

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The Tanzanian government will overhaul the management of the country’s national airline, Air Tanzania Corporation Limited (ATCL) in order to improve its efficiency, its Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Makame Mbarawa, said on Tuesday.

Mbarawa said ATCL needed to boost its performance in order to be able to compete with regional players in the industry.

“The only way for ATCL to meet this is by overhauling the management as well as bringing in new and well-trained staff,” the minister said in a statement.

Mbarawa said that the fifth-phase government was determined to revamp the airline and become one of the best in east and central Africa in few years to come, hence “we want the ATCL with competent team to realize the government’s dream.”

The Minister gave the airline’s top management a one month notice to conduct the overhaul to remain with competent staff only.

The Tanzania government recently purchased two Q400 aircrafts with Canadian manufacturer Bombardier as part of efforts to revive the national airline.

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli announced two weeks ago that the government has already ordered two jetliners for the national flag carrier, including a Boeing aircraft and a Bombardier CS300 plane.

Tanzania’s intention is to ensure that by 2018, the country has seven new planes, which are expected to revamp the country’s tourism industry as the national flag carrier will introduce new direct flights as far as Europe, the United States and China.

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