TCAA ends Swissport monopoly

(eTN) - After years of arguments and heated exchanges between airlines and the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, a decision has finally come down to end the unsustainable monopoly at the country’s

TCAA ends Swissport monopoly

(eTN) – After years of arguments and heated exchanges between airlines and the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, a decision has finally come down to end the unsustainable monopoly at the country’s key airport in Dar es Salaam, to license another handling company.

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Swissport already had lost Tanzania’s largest airline company, Precision Air, which during a previous licensing hearing and after a prolonged struggle, was granted self-handling status, after repeatedly accusing Swissport of being overpriced in comparison with regional handling standards, in particular in Nairobi, where about a dozen handling agencies offer a wide range of pricing and service options.

New kid on the block, Aviation Handling Services, is now embarking on a major sales drive to persuade airlines switch their business to them, offering lower tariffs and arguably better services, with Swissport bracing themselves for considerably lower revenues in 2012, now that competition has finally dawned on them.

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