South African court releases Air Tanzania plane


A South African court has ordered the release of an aircraft it had impounded on August 23, a Tanzanian senior official said on Wednesday.

“The aircraft has been released,” said Isack Kamwelwe, the east African nation’s Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, in an interview with Xinhua.

“The plane will be flown to Tanzania after we have sorted out some issues,” Ladislaus Matindi, Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) Managing Director, told Xinhua in a telephone interview.

The aircraft which was on scheduled flight between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg on Aug. 23 was held at O.R. International Airport in Johannesburg following a court order by the Gauteng High Court.

ATCL launched its maiden flight to South Africa’s business capital Johannesburg in June this year, a move that was described by officials of the airline as aiming at bolstering relations between the two countries.

Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communications Elias Kwandikwa said the South African route was vital for strengthening relations between two countries.

President John Magufuli prioritized investment in Air Tanzania since he took office, vowing to revive the loss-making carrier because of the potential to boost the vital tourism sector, a top foreign exchange earner. Enditem

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