A strategic airstrip within the Saadani National Park in Coast Region has been temporarily closed to pave way for maintenance, the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) has announced.

In a statement issued recently by the TANAPA Acting Conservation Commissioner, Juma Kuji, they pleaded with tourism players to exercise patience as the Saadani airstrip will remain closed between November 10 and 23, 2023.

On November 10 this year, a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) was issued by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) to close Saadani airstrip for maintenance until November 23 this year, he explained.

“The notice was a result of the notification from our organisation to TCAA following aircraft operators hazard reports and our observation of excessive rains leading to excessive wetness of the movement areas, parts of the runway, taxiways and the entire apron at Saadani airstrip” Kuji said adding:

“As an organisation, we always strive to engage our stakeholders in making critical decisions affecting their businesses. Scheduled maintenance of airstrips is an example where the work plan is made in consultation with stakeholders so that flight disruptions and inconveniences to our stakeholders are minimised as much as practicable”.

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