Dar es Salaam. Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) has resumed its Dar es Salaam-Mumbai flights, airline managing director Ladislaus Matindi confirmed to The Citizen.
These flights will be twice a week, departing from Dar es Salaam on Mondays and Fridays and from Mumbai on Tuesdays and Saturdays under air bubble arrangements.
Air bubble agreements are temporary agreements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when scheduled international flights are suspended as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking to The Citizen today, Mr. Matindi confirmed the resumption of the flights, saying that they carry passengers from different locations and assuring customers that they expect good services from Air Tanzania.
“Our clients should expect good services as we have always done,” said Matindi.
Commenting on the route between Tanzania and India, he said; “We have a good reputation on our Indian route, we are optimistic to keep the momentum going.”
Flights between Dar es Salaam and Mumbai were temporarily suspended on May 4 this year due to the increase in the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak in India.
However, a public notice posted on its website last month, ATCL, warned that passengers traveling on flights from India to Tanzania should be destined for African countries only.
“Similarly, only passengers from African countries should be allowed to travel on flights from Tanzania to India,” the public notice reads in part.
On top of that, all passengers departing from India are required to follow a travel advisory provided by the Tanzanian Ministry of Health regarding Rapid Covid-19 testing upon arrival in Dar es Salaam. The cost of the rapid test is approximately $ 25.
All departing and arriving passengers must have a negative covid-19 certificate 72 hours prior to departure and arrival in India, in addition to yellow fever for Tanzania.