Struggling Tanzania Airlines to Conduct Mass Layoffs, Start Afresh


The ailing Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) will lay off all of its workers and recruit some of them afresh in accordance to their qualifications, experience and the needs of the airline, the government has said.

Works, Transport and Communications Minister Professor Makame Mbarawa said in the National Assembly that the aim was to trim the bloated workforce of the state owned airline which is under plans to be revived.

Mr Nsanzugwanko said it was surprising that ATCL, with only one working aircraft, had more than 200 staff.

Earlier, the Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Mr Edwin Ngonyani, explained that ATCL is wholly owned by the Union Government, ownership for which had not been specified to show Zanzibar’s stake in national flag carrier.

He said ATCL owed the Zanzibar Airport Authority 230.7m/- as outstanding landing fee. The money is among accumulated debts of the struggling state-owned airline, which have been submitted to the government.

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