By Tichaona Kurewa
Zimbabwe’s Tourism Recovery Plan has received a major boost following the launch of a new airline, Kuva Air on the Harare-Victoria Falls route this Saturday.
In the last six months, the country has witnessed a flood of international airlines, with Eurowings, Airlink and Mozambique Airlines making their maiden trips to Zimbabwe, growing the need for more domestic flights into various destinations around the country.
Kuva Air Chairperson, James Saruchera highlighted that the airline is widening options for travellers.
“The Victoria Falls area is increasingly becoming a regional tourism hub and that needs more affordable options, and in many ways this is critical for the revival of the tourism industry by making sure that there are sufficient options that are affordable for travellers to fly.
“Ultimately, more options that are affordable gives more money into the pockets of people. It means that they can spend more on other tourism activities which then in turn generate more jobs,” Saruchera said.
Kuva Air Managing Director, Stuart Dunlop revealed that the airline will also launch flights on the Kariba and Buffalo range routes by mid-year.
Said Dunlop, “The airline will service those routes in Zimbabwe which are difficult to get to. Kariba is one of the and is extremely a special place for every Zimbabwean and accessibility has been difficult as well as affordability to fly in there. So, we will open up Kariba as well as the South African market.”
Tourism executive, Fungai Nhau indicated that the launch of the new airline is critical in the tourism recovery plan and the economy in general.
“More airlines will bring competition and competition will intern reduce prices for travellers making it more possible for more people to travel. When this happen everyone in town will benefit.”
Zimbabwe is targeting to have a US$5 billion tourism economy by 2025.