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02 July, 2019
Source : TCAA News

The Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Eng. Isack Kamwelwe (MP) visited, Songwe radar site at insuti hill, in Songwe region and expressed his satisfaction on the pace of implementation of the project.

The songwe site is among the four stations through which the 67.3 Billion Shilling radar system installation project is implemented by Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) since April 2018. Other stations are at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA), Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) and Mwanza which are complete by 100, 90 and 70 percent respectively.

Eng. Kamwelwe added, the project implementation of Songwe radar station is on the right track, as it has been implemented by 20 percent since its commencement in May this year. Kamwelwe has made official inspection visits to three other radar sites at Dar es s Salam, Kilimanjaro and Mwanza.

Speaking on the benefits of the project, he said upon its completion will enable the entire Tanzanian air space to be covered with radar surveillance, thus enhance safety and security which will attract more aircrafts and thus increase revenues which will be generated from air navigation services.

The project was launched in April 2019 by his excellency, Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, the President of United Republic of Tanzania, and expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Meanwhile, Eng. Kamwelwe, said the government plans to introduce the cargo flight at Sogwe airport to tap into horticulture business from Tanzania to overseas markets in European and Asian countries. The Minister said Tanzania has plenty of horticultures and other perishable goods including fish fillets and flowers from Mwanza and Arusha that can be airlifted to overseas markets.

 He said the government will upgrade Songwe airport runway so as to enable big aircrafts including the Dreamliner to fly into the airport