More air service license applications show keen interest in Tanzania's aviation sector

At a licensing hearing earlier in the week did the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority deal with over 30 applications, two dozen of which were for the granting or renewal of Air Service Licenses with the remainder for other services, mainly ground handling or other concession services.

Most applicants were reportedly represented in person at the hearing during which no objections to any of the pending applications were recorded by the licensing committee.

Tanzania has a fairly vibrant aviation sector, considering the vast distances people have to cover from the southern border to the northern border and from Lake Victoria to the commercial capital Dar es Salaam. Flying safaris by tourists are popular as several airlines, among them Coastal Aviation and Auric Air, offer flights not just to the national parks but also from Dar es Salaam to the islands of Zanzibar (Unjuga and Pemba) and the island of Mafia, allowing visitors to spend time in the destination instead of on the road.

Commonly used aircraft, registered in Tanzania, are Airbus A319, ATR 42 and ATR 72 turboprop aircraft while the more domestic airlines use single engine Cessna C208B Grand Caravans as well as twin engine planes with a capacity between 5 and 19 passengers for their routes.

Source: eTN