From : Radiovop.com
4 August 2012
South African low-cost carrier 1Time has become the latest foreign airline to enter the Zimbabwe skies, according to Johannesburg’s Business Day newspaper.
1Time whose foreign forays included flights to Livingstone, Zambia will team up in a business venture with the Harare based-Nu Aero to offer the Johannesburg-Victoria Falls flights.
The airline has been given the route to prove its capability first before applying for second route. The airline will operate under the trade name Fresh Air.
Fly Kumba used to service the route by folded after a few months in the business. The launch of the airline took place yesterday in Johannesburg.
1time Airline would start offering flights from next month between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls. 1time CEO Black Komani said at the launch, its partnership with Nu-Aero, will allow it to share its experience and infrastructure in the aviation industry while Fresh Air will become Zimbabwe’s first low-cost carrier.
In addition, 1time Airline commercial director Mike Bond added that, “This will allow us to offer low-cost flights to the Zimbabwean domestic market. It would be a first step.”
The airline has already conducted test flight between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls.
Chakanyuka Karase, CEO of Fresh Air, said the introduction of a low-cost carrier in Zimbabwe would stimulate domestic and regional air travel, “The entry of a low-cost carrier in Zimbabwe has great potential.
“We have absolutely no doubt this business model will succeed as it is exactly what our emerging economy needs to maintain sustainability,” Mr Karase said.
Fresh Air becomes the latest addition to the country’s aviation industry following the resumption of direct flights between Harare and Dubai by Emirates and an announcement by Dutch KLM that it will be launching direct flights between Harare and Amsterdam in October