A new domestic air carrier hopes to launch flights in Zimbabwe before the end of this year as it reaches the final stages in the completion of its pre-application service package to gain a service permit from the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe. The start-up, Just Fly, intends to begin operations to two internal markets from the capital, Harare, using an 8-seater Piper or King Air aircraft.
The executive is confident that the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe will make an initial ruling on its application within a four week window, and with a similar timescale expected should it apply for its AOC, the start-up could be in a position to launch operations as early as mid-September 2014.
Just Fly plans to initially serve two domestic markets on a scheduled basis offering around three flights per week. These comprise links from Harare to Chiredzi and Beitbridge, both destinations which have not previously been regularly served from Harare on a scheduled basis.
Chiredzi is a small town in Masvingo province in south-east Zimbabwe near the Runde River. Together with its sister town of Triangle, it is the major centre of sugar production in the country. It is served by a small international airport at Buffalo Range.
Meanwhile, Beit Bridge, or Mzingwane as it is also known, is a border town in the province of Matabeleland South, close to Zimbabwe’s border with South Africa, the busiest road border post in southern Africa. An agreement was reached by Zimbabwe and South Africa to split revenue from traffic over the Limpopo Bridge following the expiry of the 20-year long build, operate and transfer agreement signed with New Limpopo Bridge, the company that built the bridge in 1994.
1 July 2014