Ethiopian Airlines increases flights to Vic Falls

By Tichaona Kurewa

Government efforts to improve air connectivity for the benefit of the tourism industry are paying off after Ethiopian Airlines increased the number of flights on the Addis Ababa-Victoria Falls route.

The airline has also announced plans to launch the Bulawayo route from November this year.

Ethiopian Airlines representative Menbere Worku told ZBC News that the company is responding to increased demand for flights into Zimbabwe.

“As we all know, Ethiopian Airlines has been flying into Victoria Falls four times a week. Now we have started the fifth one effective July 1st. The reason for the increase of the frequency is there is increased demand and many countries have lifted travel restrictions. I also want to take this opportunity to notify the public that Ethiopian Airlines has finalised preparations to start flying to Bulawayo in November 2022,” Worku said.

Players in the tourism industry are appreciative of the airline’s continued support to the local tourism sector.

“Positive impact both on domestic and international tourists’ influx… easy accessibility of tourism destination Victoria Falls; better the sales, which will definitely increase the tourism industry revenue,” tourism player, Terry Leach commented.

Another player, Bernard Vhuta said, “The tourism sector is going to benefit immensely from the increased flight frequency by Ethiopian Airlines as this will increase the number of arrivals in Vic Falls. Post COVID 19, tourism was slowly picking up and this will mean ease of travel for tourists. The introduction of the Bulawayo direct flights will also put focus on other tourist attractions that we have in Zimbabwe apart from the Victoria Falls.”

Increased air connectivity is a vital cog in the growth and accessibility of any tourist destination.