Pre­ci­sion Air launches flights to Pemba

The African - - ZANZIBAR BEAT - BY STAFF RE­PORTER

Last week Pre­ci­sion Air launched flights to Pemba Is­land to tap into the po­ten­tial of the is­land rich in tourist at­trac­tions.

The air­line’s ATR72-500 air­craft touched down at the Pemba Air­port in the early hours of Tues­day morn­ing and was re­ceived with an el­e­gant re­cep­tion held to mark the launch of three flights a week ser­vice from Dar es Salaam via Un­guja.

Pre­ci­sion Air will be fly­ing to the ex­otic is­land, ev­ery Tues­day, Thurs­day and Satur­day depart­ing from Julius Ny­erere In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Dar es Salaam.

The flights have been launched af­ter the Zanz­ibar Air­port Author­ity (ZAA) up­graded Pemba Air­port to a cat­e­gory four sta­tus that meets the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards re­quired for com­mer­cial flight op­er­a­tions.

Ad­dress­ing the guests, Pre­ci­sion Air Di­rec­tor of Ground Han­dling, Chris­tine Cyprian, said the new launched route would pro­mote more busi­ness and leisure traf­fic to Tan­za­nia, a des­ti­na­tion renowned for its scuba div­ing around Pemba Is­land, the un­touched co­ral reefs sur­round­ing the en­tire is­land that makes the is­land one of the top dive sites in the world. She called on the Zanz­ibar gov­ern­ment and other au­thor­i­ties to con­sider re­duc­ing or re­mov­ing some charges in­clud­ing land­ing charges that is more than 200,000/- per land­ing say­ing that is too high for the route.

We have de­cided to start fly­ing to Pemba af­ter re­al­iz­ing that the is­land is a tourist des­ti­na­tion with some of the clean­est beaches in the coun­try -but is not yet fully tapped,” she said.

She also asked the gov­ern­ment to open up Pemba to the World through tourism and at­tract more com­peti­tors on ground han­dling ser­vices sec­tor for eco­nomic growth of the is­land of which the air­line in­dus­try will grow.

The func­tion at­tracted var­i­ous guests from the travel trade, pri­vate sec­tor, busi­ness com­mu­nity, stu­dents and gov­ern­ment, who were treated to the warm hos­pi­tal­ity of the air­line with lo­cal tra­di­tional dances us­ing in­gre­di­ents from the Clove is­land.

Speak­ing on the launch, the South Pemba Re­gional Com­mis­sioner, Ms Mwana­juma Ma­jid Ab­dal­lah hailed the air­line man­age­ment for launch­ing flights to Pemba which will en­hance pas­sen­ger move­ment be­tween Pemba, Un­guja and the Tan­za­nia Main­land. She said the flights would play a big role in boost­ing busi­ness con­nec­tions be­tween the three ar­eas. “We are very ex­cited about this new route, we warmly wel­come you,” she said.

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