Some foreign airline has resumed flights to the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Tanzania after recent suspensions following reduced traffic because of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Discussions are underway to have three others – Kenyan Airways (KQ), Turkish Airlines and Germany-based Condor – resume flights to Tanzania’s gateway to the Northern Tourism Circuit.
The Royal Dutch Airlines, KLM has increased its frequencies to three times a week, while Qatar Airways now flies daily to JRO. RwandAir and Uganda Airlines make three flights a week each.
Ethiopian Airlines – the oldest foreign carrier to land at Tanzania’s second-largest airport since the 1970s – operates 14 flights a week: twice a day as of last week.
At one time, FlyDubai – one of the Middle East airlines operating regular flights to Tanzania – used to land at JRO. However, it halted operations even before the outbreak of the pandemic.
Air traffic to JRO sharply fell last year following the outbreak of the global pandemic which triggered travel restrictions that affected many leading airlines in the world.
Most foreign passengers landing at JRO are tourists heading to the world-famous national parks and other tourist attractions in Tanzania’s Northern Tourism Circuit.
JRO opened for business in December 1971. Currently, it is wholly government-operated after the private operator, KADCO, was replaced by the state.
About 87 percent of JRO’s revenue is generated from aircraft landing and parking fees, as well as rent from various tenants.
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