RwandAir to start Harare flights

Zimbabwe’s aviation authority expects RwandAir to start flying into Harare before the year end after successful conclusion of negotiations.

Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) chief executive David Chawota told Xinhua that negotiations took long to conclude because three countries were involved.

RwandAir was initially expected to start Harare flights in 2014.

“This year we are now pretty confident that RwandAir will be coming into Harare before the end of the year,” Chawota said. “The talks were not finished because the operations they wanted to embark on required talks between more than one country. It was not just Rwanda- Zimbabwe but Rwanda, Zimbabwe and South Africa so the talks took a little bit longer,” he added.

Qatar Airways to start Harare flights were ongoing while a South African airline could possibly open a new route linking Victoria Falls and Cape Town.

“There is also a new route that may pop up which may connect Victoria Falls and Cape Town through South African Airlink. They are still looking at the route and considering its viability,” he said.

The aviation authority was also pursuing other airlines including Turkish airlines to boost the number of airlines flying into the country which have declined from 34 at peak in 1997 to about 18 at present.

Source: ENCA