Air Zimbabwe Plans To Expand Domestic Routes
Air Zimbabwe is promoting more domestic routes as it seeks to expand its operations, the airline’s spokesperson, Firstme Vitori, has said.
The airline, which currently uses a Boeing 737-200 and ERJ145 on its domestic and regional routes, is expected to take delivery of a second Embraer (ERJ145) soon.
Key to Air Zimbabwe’s six-year strategic turnaround plan (STP) is the procurement and deployment of appropriate equipment for the current and planned route network, as well as a fleet commonality for the containment of maintenance and operational costs.
Vitori said the easing of travel restrictions by the government last year resulted in a significant increase in load factors to an average of around 55%, combining the B737 with ERJ145 aircraft. Said Vitori:
The deluge of corporate, and social conferences and events in Bulawayo and Victoria Falls saw us operating a lot of commercial charter flights with both aircraft.
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During the peak season, we also added frequencies to our domestic routes up to two flights a day.
She said regionally, Air Zimbabwe services Johannesburg, South Africa, with flights every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Air Zimbabwe flights to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, are available every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Said Vitori:
Passengers in this sector are mostly business traders, and they enjoy a free baggage allowance of up to 60kg.
She said Air Zimbabwe is also working on increasing frequencies on the current route network for both domestic and regional destinations. | New Era Newspaper