‘India is an important and upcoming market for us’
In a quick chat with TravelBiz Monitor, Deepesh Gupta, Director of Sales, Auric Air (Tanzania-based privately owned airline operator) talks about their route network and importance of the Indian market.
Q. Tell us about your existing route network.
We fly scheduled flights to over 35 destinations within Tanzania providing over 950+ connections. We fly to domestic destinations and across the border to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. We do private charter flights as well.
Q. What is the composition of passengers using your services?
Our passengers include Leisure, Business, Family, and Individual travellers. The division between Leisure and Corporate passengers is 60-40.
Q. Enlighten us on your fleet and plans for expansion.
We fly 15 Cessna Grand Caravans C208Bs and 1 Dash 8 -103 at present. 1 Caravan and 1 dash 8 are being added by the end of this year.
Q. What is your load factor? Which are the top 3 busy routes?
The load factor is about 65% with major routes being Dar es Salaam – Zanzibar, Arusha – Zanzibar and Serengeti – Zanzibar.
Q.Where does India stand a priority market for Auric Air?
India is an important and upcoming market for us. But full of challenges.
Q. Any plans for Auric Air to consider international expansion of routes within the larger African belt?
Yes, absolutely. It may take some time but one day it will.