Major boost for tourism as flights resume

By ZBC Reporter

CABINET has approved the reopening of airports for domestic and international flights which is a major boost to the local tourism industry which has been constrained under Covid-19 induced lockdown.

Domestic flights will resume operations this Thursday while international flights will start landing in Zimbabwe on the first of next month.

Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa told journalists that the reopening of skies will be done under World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.

“Cabinet approved the opening up of the country’s skies to both domestic and international flights effective 10th September and 1st October 2020, respectively.

“Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been put in place for the reopening of international and some domestic airports. The National Guidelines for Aviation Safety and Security have been developed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) to ensure the safety of both the travellers and airport staff.

“These are additional to the temperature testing, social distancing, sanitisation, and mandatory wearing of masks. All travellers will be required to have a PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate issued by a recognized facility within 48 hours from the date of departure, in line with WHO guidelines,” she said.

Zimbabwe suspended flights in March this year in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19 which has so far infected more than 6 000 people with 206 deaths being recorded.