Why is Precision Air back to Uganda?
Four years after it suspended flights to Entebbe Air travel (Uganda) to re-organise, Precision Air returns to Entebbe International Airport this weekend. The return of the airline has the potential to among other things boost tourism in the form of travelers who are interested in Uganda’s Mountain Gorilla safaris.
According to a press statement the company issued way back in March, Tanzania’s leading airline is expected to return to Entebbe on July 1, 2017.
With the re-launch, the regional airline will operate four flights per week with two direct flights from Dar es Salaam and two via Kilimanjaro.
So what if Precision Air comes back to Entebbe?
The two flights via Kilimanjaro are expected to boost tourism to Uganda. Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Mountain Kilimanjaro are big draws for safari goers and mountain climbers.
What a flight connection between Arusha and Entebbe can do is boost Uganda Gorilla safaris as it gives tour and travel agencies in Tanzania an opportunity to add a Gorilla encounter onto the itineraries of their prospective clients. Until now, a traveler coming from Uganda to continue their East Africa safari to Tanzania had to travel longer – connecting through Nairobi before arriving in Arusha.
Commenting on the relaunch, Precision Air’s commercial Director Mr. Robert Owusu, stated that the decision to relaunch flights to Entebbe came after a market study which revealed that there is potential demand for flights between Tanzania and Uganda.
“Apart from the business relationships Tanzania and Uganda have a very rich history and we are going to honour that history by connecting the two countries through our services,” said Owusu.
“We will start with four flights per week every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Passengers between Tanzania and Uganda should expect affordable and reliable flights.”
Why did Precision stop flights to Uganda in the first place?
Precision Air suspended flights to Entebbe back in 2013 during a route rationalization process and network restructuring.
Mr. Owusu said that after the company completed the process, they have concluded that Entebbe is a worthy addition to Precision Air’s already established extensive network.
Tickets sales commenced back on 10th March 2017 and passengers can book either direct by visiting the company website, their sales office or through their preferred travel agents.
“We encourage early booking for best fares and we remind our passengers to take advantage of our online booking for discounted fares,” Mr. Owusu said.
Precision Air is the only IATA member in Tanzania and has recently announced a code share agreement with Etihad allowing the airline to offer more connection for passengers.
Precision is also the only airline in Tanzania listed in the Dar es Salaam Stock Market.
Where else does Precision go?
Operating from Dar es Salaam, Precision Air flies to Arusha, Bukoba, Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Musoma, Mtwara, Mwanza, Tabora, Zanzibar and Nairobi.