The Tanzanian government has said that South African authorities have impounded an Airbus 220-300 aircraft leased by Tanzania’s national flag carrier. According to a statement by Tanzania's transport ministry, the move came on the orders of the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, APA reports citing Sputnik.
Last month, Tanzania's government announced plans to buy several new jets for its state-owned airline in order to increase tourist flow and attract more money into the country. The move comes amid a dispute between the country's finance ministry and the World Bank over economic growth rates.
In July, President of Tanzania John Magufuli came up with a personal plan to revive the national airline carrier Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL). The government of Tanzania believes that buying new planes could boost the tourism industry, which is the country's main source of hard currency. Currently, the company owns one Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, two Airbus A220-300s, and three DHC Dash 8-400 planes.