air-zimbabweFrom :

25 February 2013

AIR Zimbabwe will to re-introduce the Victoria Falls-Johannesburg route in April, a senior government official has revealed.

The development is part of the country’s preparations for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly in August.

Zimbabwe is co-hosting the event with neighbouring Zambia at Victoria Falls resort on the border between the two countries.

Transport and communications permanent secretary Munesu Munodawafa said it was important that Victoria Falls was linked with Harare and Johannesburg ahead of the UN tourism meeting.

He said the airline, which currently services the Harare-Bulwayo-Victoria Falls route three times a week, would also increase the frequency of its flights beginning April.

“We have set in motion plans to re-introducing the Victoria Falls-Johannesburg route from April,” Munodawafa told reporters in the resort town last week.

“This is because most airlines change their flight patterns in April which coincides with the summer season in Europe. So a plan has been set in motion to re-strategise come April. In terms of aircrafts to be used, we are ready on that front,” he said.

Air Zimbabwe was forced to pull out of the Johannesburg and London routes in December 2011 after two of its planes were seized there by creditors.

Officials recently revealed that the airline’s debt had increased to US$188 million from about US$140 million last year.

Munodawafa said US$30 million of the debt comprised foreign obligations which must be paid to enable Air Zimbabwe to resume international flights.