HARARE Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwandan national carrier RwandAir will introduce
a four times weekly service between Kigali and Harare staring on
Wednesday (April 5), Zimbabwe’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAZ)
This follows the
airline’s announcement in January this year that Harare will be
among six new African and international destinations it planned
to start servicing in 2017.
The flights also
commence after Zimbabwe’s tourism minister Walter Mzembi met
RwandAir officials in Kigali on the sidelines of an African
Union summit last year and discussed the possibility of the
airline servicing the Kigali-Lusaka-Harare route.
The two sides also
explored the possibility of RwandAir doing the
Harare-Kigali-Guangzhou, as well as the Harare-Kigali-London
routes in the future.
Plans by RwandAir to
launch Harare flights had been on the cards for some years.
one of the youngest fleet on the African continent and flies to
over 20 destinations across Africa.
Zimbabwe has in
recent years witnessed increased interest from various airlines
that are keen to fly into the country.
have also expressed interest to commence direct flights to the
recently upgraded Victoria Falls International Airport.
Ethiopian Airways was the first to introduce direct flights to
Victoria Falls Airport while South African Airways replaced its
138-seat A325 with a wide-bodied 222-seat Airbus A330-200 as the
airport can now accommodate bigger aircraft.
Kenya Airways has
also announced that it will start direct flights between Nairobi
and Victoria Falls on May 1, making it Kenya Airways 52nd
destination and its second city in Zimbabwe after Harare where
it operates 21 flights weekly.
The Victoria Falls
International Airport, which was commissioned in November 2016,
is poised to attract increased air traffic after it underwent a
facelift which increased its passenger handling capacity to 1.5
million per year from 500,000.
The project was
carried out by a Chinese contractor and financed through a
150-million dollars loan from China Export-Import Bank.