After a long absence, Air Zimbabwe has resumed its flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls. The reasoning behind this is the forthcoming United Nations World Tourism Organisations 20th general assembly, which is to be held in Victoria Falls and Livingston during August this year, and is certain to increase traffic between these airports. Air Zimbabwe has also noticed an increase in demand for flights between these two destinations with the advent of their Cruising Altitude promotion.
By means of this promotion, the airline has slashed ticket prices by up to 60% in an effort to attract passengers and combat the rising costs of driving versus flying. In addition, Air Zimbabwe has put a number of measures in place to increase the cost effectiveness of its service. These include the introduction of smaller, more modern aeroplanes for domestic flights and the replacement of the long-range Boeing 767 used on the Johannesburg – Bulawayo route with a more efficient 150-seater mid-range Airbus A320.
Air Zimbabwe has been offering three flights daily between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls since July 2013. Air Zimbabwe general manager Moses Mapanda said this was being done in conjunction with local tourism groups such as RTG, African Sun and Meikles Holdings and that road shows will be held in South Africa to promote the service.
With an increase in accommodation bookings after the establishment of the coalition government and the introduction of this new service, it looks like things are looking up for Zimbabwe’s tourism sector. Mapanda also encouraged local as well as South African tourists to make use of Air Zimbabwe in order to continue this economic upswing.
Air Zimbabwe offer the earliest flight out of Zimbabwe to Johannesburg and the latest flight back, allowing travellers the maximum possible time to conduct their business in this South African metropolis. In addition, Air Zimbabwe offers direct flights to Singapore, Malaysia and Beijing.