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SAA resumes Vic Falls – Jo’burg flights

Story by Tichaona Kurewa

In a show of confidence in destination Zimbabwe, South African Airways has re-launched flights on the Victoria Falls – Johannesburg route.

The re-launch of South African Airways (SAA) flights comes at a time Zimbabwe is doubling efforts to attain a US$5 billion tourism industry by 2025.

Speaking at the launch in Victoria Falls this Wednesday, stakeholders described the development as a catalyst to the country’s tourism recovery trajectory.

Mrs Snikiwe Gwatidzo, the vice board chairperson of the Airports Company of Zimbabwe said, “Airlines are key in the recovery of the tourism sector. The aviation sector remains a vital catalyst for the development of our trade and tourism, which not only contribute considerably to our national fiscus but also employers of note. Air connectivity remains a crucial aspect in the expansion of our tourism offering to our visitors from across the globe.”

South African Airways Chief Financial Officer Mr Fikile Mhlontlo said, “The re-launch of this flight is a sign that we are back and ready to support Zimbabwe’s economy. Air connectivity enhances business, job creation and makes things happen.”

The ZTA also pledged to continue marketing the Victoria Falls.

“It is now our duty to market Victoria Falls so that this airline will get business and remain in operation,” noted Ms Winnie Muchanyuka, chief executive officer of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.

Government says the re-launch of SAA will boost tourism in the entire region.

The Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Honourable Mike Madiro said, “We are elated that this scheduled flight has the ability to enhance connectivity from South Africa into Victoria Falls resort city. This will greatly drive the development of tourism in Zimbabwe and the Kavango Zambezi Trans-frontier Conservation Area. We treat the introduction of air services by SAA as a seal of approval of our destination, as bold endorsement of our Government’s ease of doing business and promotion of investment policies.”

SAA becomes the eighth flight to service the Victoria Falls route alongside Eurowings, Airlink, Fastjet, Kenyan Airways and Ethiopian Airlines.

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