Carriers lose millions following airport closure

   
     

Airlines flying to Tanzania stand to lose millions of dollars following the recent closure of Julius Nyerere International Airport.

According to The East African, the airport was closed due to a series of explosions at a nearby ammunitions depot, resulting in the grounding of several airlines including Swissair, Egypt Airways, South African Airways and Precision Air Service.

Nearby Nairobi, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar airports were forced to take diverted flights as explosions shook the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam, near the airport, the website reported.

Affected incoming carriers included Turkish Airlines, KLM, Comair, Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways.

According to The Citizen, the airport has now reopened following safety assurances from Tanzanian authorities.

“We have allowed operations to go back to normal after an intensive assessment of safety at the airport,” Tanzania Airports Authority director Prosper Tesha told the website.

Dar es Salaam

 

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H
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