Air Botswana to resume Harare-Gaborone flights
Air Botswana has announced that it will resume the Harare-Gaborone flights starting from next month.
It had suspended servicing the route in 2016 citing viability challenges associated with flying non profitable routes.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) head of corporate communications, Mr Godfrey Koti, said they were excited to hear about Air Botswana’s intent to resume flights into Harare.
“Air Botswana will begin operating flights between Gaborone and Harare, Zimbabwe from August 2019,” the airline said in a statement.
He said this would improve connectivity between the two countries and boost the tourism industry.
“For us as a country first of all, this shows the relations the two countries enjoy. I’m sure you are aware of the very close relationship that the Presidents of the two countries have with each other.
“So, we rally behind that in the sense that, from a tourism business perspective, we are talking about connectivity being an issue within Africa. So, it’s a welcome development,” said Mr Koti.
“We are excited and elated because it will also increase the number of people that are coming from Botswana into Zimbabwe to explore our tourism products.”
He said the resumption of flights by Air Botswana into the country was also complementary to the relationship brought about by initiatives such as the Kavango-Zambezi Trans-Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA-TFCA) countries. KAZA-TFCA member states are Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In April this year, the KAZA-TFCA countries resolved to adopt a scientific wildlife management system in national parks, a development that is expected to enable the bloc to harvest or move wildlife without hindrance.
“We are also very much delighted because of our relationship looking at things like the KAZA-TFCA. So, we are very excited from a business perspective as this will guide a lot of tourism activity from Botswana into Zimbabwe and vice versa but most importantly it begins a long journey into correcting the connectivity issue of countries and particularly within Africa,” said Mr Koti.