Tanzania’s low-cost airline, Precision Air, has Friday re-launched flights to Entebbe International Airport in Uganda four years after abandoning the route.The airline suspended flights to Entebbe in 2013 during the route rationalization process and network restructuring.
The Dar es Salaam-based airline resumed its flights on July 1st and will be making three return flights to Entebbe weekly.
The 90-minute flight from Dar es Salaam to Entebbe costs $320, equivalent to 1.2 million shillings.
According to Precision Air’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Hillary Mremi, their flights will be on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, adding that increase in flight frequency will depend on how the market reacts.
Vianney Luggya, the communications manager at Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) says the significance of the re-launch is the direct flights from Entebbe to Dar es Salaam to cater for the growing traffic.
Since 2013 when Precision suspended flights, there has been no direct flight to Dar es Salaam, forcing travelers to go via Nairobi, Kilimanjaro or Kigali, all longer routes.
Precision is the only International Air Transport Association (IATA) operator that provides direct flights between Tanzania and Uganda.
The airline was established in 1993 as a private charter air transport company and has grown to become a reputable airline in the region.