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Tourism Season Unfolds in Style, As Major Flights Jet inBy ATTA®
THE new tourism season that was launched in June this year is unfolding in style as major airlines restart flights to and from Tanzania, bringing in a substantial number of tourists.
Of latest, has been the Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) that landed at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) with more than 177 tourists who are here to enjoy the country's abundant tourist attractions.
The KLM plane was graced by a water cannon salute as it was the first time to land at KIA after almost four- month suspension due to Covid-19 pandemic and the Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner (RC), Ms Anna Mghwira represented the government at the momentous event on Tuesday night.
Acting Managing Director of the Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (KADC), Ms Christina Mwakatobe and other senior government officials were also present to witness the Boeing 777 landing, bringing in tourists and picking other passengers proceeding to different destinations.
The KLM was not the first airline to land at KIA, as in June Ethiopian Airlines jetted with a number of tourists.
Other airlines are Crystal Cruises, Gulfstream from Croatia, Qatar Airways - Dreamliner, A7-BCG, RwandAir, while more others have been landing at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam.
Gracing the coming back of KLM Airways, RC Mghwira said she was proud that the Tanzania government under President John Magufuli has won back the trust of foreigners in particular tourists, who had stayed away since March, this year due to outbreak of the Coronavirus that has killed thousands of people worldwide.