After years of dilly-dallying Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) will officially launch its flights locally and internationally come October 15, this year.

This means, people will have a sigh of relief after the once ailing national carrier comes back to life.

According to a statement from ATCL, next Saturday the national carrier shall begin flying locally to Mwanza, Arusha, Zanzibar, Kigoma, Tabora, Mbeya, Mtwara, Kilimanjaro, Bukoba, Dodoma and Mpanda airports. At the international arena, ATCL will be going to Comoro, Nairobi and Entebbe airports.

According to a statement, the national airline has three aircrafts to begin with. Two of them are Bombardier Q400 that have a capacity of carrying 76 passengers each and another Dash8-Q300 with a capacity of carrying 50 passengers.

The planes, according to ATCL, are currently going through a verification process by Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA). "When the exercise is ready there will be practical training to all pilots and other officials that will be providing services inside the aircrafts,'' reads the statement in part

. ATCL requested all the stakeholders to be patient as TCAA continues with its administrative formalities.

Last week, President John Magufuli said plans were well underway for the government to purchase two more new aircrafts to revamp ATCL.

According to the president, already the government had allocated adequate money to buy a 160-seater aircraft and another plane with capacity to carry over 240 passengers.

"If we purchase the aircraft that carries 240 passengers, customers will be assured of direct flights from Dar es Salaam to China or US and our tourists from China, US, Russia, Germany and other countries will comfortably arrive in our country,'' he said.

Dr Magufuli was speaking at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) at the official launch of the two new aircrafts that had arrived from Canada. The government procured the two brand new Bombardier Q400 aircrafts from Canada at a cost of 46.6 million US dollars (over 90bn/-).

The president said the government decided to buy the aircrafts that have been leased to ATCL to operate professionally and recoup the government's invested capital.