Passengers boarding on Air Tanzania during the re-launched of the Dar–Bujumbura route

Tanzania National Flag Carrier, Air Tanzania, has re-launched its Dar es Salaam – Bujumbura route after suspending the services for almost 20 years.

The route which will be served three times a week - Wednesday, Friday and Sunday - has resumed after state of security in Burundi returned to normalcy.

The airline has also introduced Dar – Mbeya route which is scheduled for four times a week –Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The national flag carrier has also resumed Dar – Mwanza daily flights which started on Sunday. 

Speaking to reporters after landing in Bujumbura, Burundi, at the weekend, ATCL Human Resource Manager, Eliezer Mwasele said introduction of the Burundi flight will increase trade relations and be a catalyst to speedy economic growth between Tanzania and Burundi.

He urged Tanzanians to take advantage of this opportunity to position their businesses ready to trade with businessmen from Burundi and Congo, who are expected to fly Air Tanzania in search of merchandise. 

Tanzania High Commissioner in Burundi Dr. James Nzagi who was at the airport to welcome the airline, said the resumption of the Bujumbura flights is a result of a mutual understanding between the two countries who wanted an affordable air transport service. 

“We are happy to see that our dream has come true. With this route in place, we are sure that our bilateral relations with Burundi will continue to be strong,” he said.

On her side, Burundi Minister for East Africa, Nziyemana Leontine, said introduction of Air Tanzania’s flight to Burundi will greatly help Burundians, especially businessmen who were forced to connect flights through other neighboring countries just to reach Dar es Salaam port.   

One of the Burundi passengers who boarded the flight, Dr. Owera Kodime, said Air Tanzania’s Burundi route will greatly help them to cut transport cost for passengers traveling between Burundi and Tanzania because Air Tanzania has subsidized its fare as compared to other airlines which they were previously using while traveling to Tanzania. 

“We used to spend a lot of time while connecting flights through other countries to Tanzania. We are very happy with the introduction of this route,” he said.

Another passenger from Tanzania Joseph Kisaro, said “Now that Air Tanzania has started to fly to Bujumbura, we ask ATCL management to consider opening up to East of Congo, saying that this is a potential route with many passengers who trade with Tanzania’s businessmen.”