Fastjet introduces inaugural Victoria Falls-Maun flight

By Tichaona Kurewa

GOVERNMENT efforts to improve air connectivity for the benefit of the tourism industry are paying off after Fastjet launched direct flights between Botswana’s Maun and Victoria Falls.

The new air route will be serviced four times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Chief Executive, Ms Winnie Muchanyuka believes the new flight will provide the much-needed connectivity to the Kavango -Zambezi Trans-frontier Conservation Area (KAZA) Region.

“It gives an opportunity to long-haul travellers coming to Southern Africa to have one other place they can visit and more so for us as Zimbabweans, it gives us an opportunity to spend more time in the KAZA Region. The cooperation has already been between Zimbabwe and Botswana, Namibia and Zambia in this region to increase the number of tourists that are coming into the region. Adding Maun to this network really is a great opportunity for tourism players,” she said.

For the Airports Company of Zimbabwe, the new service is a welcome development in terms of improving air connectivity.

“We will have more traffic coming in through our airports, you know as we play our role of facilitation to the tourism industry, which is to bring in more travellers through our airports. This is definitely a plus on our side and is quite complementary to what we are trying to achieve as an organisation,” said Airports Company of Zimbabwe Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Walter Ndlovu.

The KAZA Region is home to one of the world’s biggest wildlife sanctuaries which include Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and Chobe National Park in Botswana.