Turkish Airlines has resumed direct flights from Istanbul to Kilimanjaro International Airport as of Wednesday, June 22. (KIA).
Two years after the airline’s activities were interrupted owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, the company will resume operations by operating four direct flights per week from its hub in Istanbul.
Atupele Mwakibete, the deputy minister for Works and Transport, who officiated the resumption of the flights, said the new development is a statement of confidence in Tanzania as a secure travel and business destination.
He commended the government’s efforts under President Samia Suluhu Hassan for the release of the Royal Tour movie, which would considerably boost investment and tourism.
The government has made significant expenditures in marketing the nation’s investments and attractions, which we hope will increase demand for air travel. As a result, Mr. Mwakibete added, “Turkish Airlines has restarted its operations at KIA at the perfect moment.”
The restart of this long-distance route is a crucial trigger for the nation’s recovery from the Covid-19 outbreak, the author continues.
He was upbeat about Turkish Airlines’ ability to make Kilimanjaro considerably more accessible to travelers from Istanbul and the rest of the world.
The tourist sector in particular would benefit greatly from this, he said.
Some of the most distinctive and significant tourist attraction locations in the nation are found in Kilimanjaro and its surrounding areas, Tanga, Arusha, and Manyara.
Natu mwamba, the board chair of Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (Kadco), said: “The significance of this direct route from Istanbul to Kilimanjaro cannot be taken for granted.”
Dr. Mwamba claims that Turkish activities will resume, stimulating the market and increasing the number of visitors to the nation.
She continued by saying that this will boost the government’s strategic goal of increasing the number of tourists annually from 1.4 million registered last year to 5 million by the year 2025.
According to Dr. Mwamba, direct flights from Istanbul to KIA would increase Tanzania’s appeal to visitors from Europe and other parts of the world.
The flying route will also support commerce between Tanzania and Turkey, she continued.
Tanzania’s biggest exporters of perishable goods and precious stones are the Kilimanjaro, Arusha, and Manyara areas.
With the current situation, exporters from Tanzania will now have more alternatives and ability to sell their goods abroad.
Kadco and its partners in the aviation and tourist industries will get greater income as a result of Turkish Airlines’ restarted operations in Kia.
Dr. Mwamba stated, “The resumed direct flight would enhance the long-standing diplomatic partnership between Tanzania and Turkey.