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TANZANIA CANCELS SCHEDULED FLIGHT TO SOUTH AFRICA OVER ESCALATING XENOPHOBIC VIOLENCE

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One day after Tanzania secured its aircraft –the Airbus A220-300 which was seized in South Africa, Works Transport and Communication minister Isack Kamwelwe has announced a temporary suspension of ATCL scheduled flights to South Africa due to xenophobic violence.

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Air Tanzania has temporarily cancelled flights to South Africa in the wake of escalating violence targeting foreigners and their businesses.

National carrier Air Tanzania has announced a temporary suspension of its scheduled flights to South Africa over xenophobic attacks.

Works Transport and Communication Minister, Isack Kamwelwe, on Thursday said all flights scheduled for South Africa Friday will be cancelled until South African authorities commit to protect the passengers and properties of foreigners in the country.

“We have temporarily suspended flights until when calm is restored because we wouldn’t want to fly passengers to a destination with chaos,” said Mr Kamwelwe.

The suspension makes ATCL the first airline to cancel flights to South Africa in the wake of escalating violence targeting foreigners and their businesses.

A South African court on Wednesday set aside an earlier decision to impound an Air Tanzania seized in Johannesburg on August 24 over a compensation claim

In the meantime the Airbus 220-300 will continue plying domestic routes such as Mwanza, Songwe and Dodoma as per the timetable.

He further reiterated that the suspension has nothing to do with the recent seizure of the aircraft ,he says is now in the past

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