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Air Zimbabwe has announced the reintroduction of the Harare-Chiredzi flights to cater for weekend travelling. Addressing stakeholders in Chiredzi on Thursday, Air Zimbabwe marketing and sales manager Mr Chris Kwenda said they were ready to reintroduce the Harare-Masvingo-Chiredzi flight on December 16.

He said they were still in consultations with stakeholders on proposed flight days in preparation for the launch of the route.

“We are ready to launch the Harare-Masvingo-Chiredzi flight as early as 16 December, but the feedback we are getting from stakeholders after we had meetings in Masvingo is that the days we had proposed for the flights were not ideal,” said Mr Kwenda.

“We had suggested operating twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The reason we have chosen those days is the equipment we are going to use, the MA60 and a 52 seater, is the same aircraft which we are using to fly on the Harare-Kariba-Victoria Falls route.”

Mr Kwenda said stakeholders suggested weekend flights.

“But we had to consider business people who would want to attend meetings in Harare during the week. So, for us, we have seen that it is necessary that we go back to the drawing board and try to adjust to suit what the market wants,” said Mr Kwenda.

Mr Kwenda challenged the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority to boost its tourism packages in the Lowveld, saying the aim was to link the area with other tourism destinations like the Victoria Falls.

ZTA Chiredzi area manager Mrs Marvellous Sengwe said the introduction of the flight would boost tourism in the Lowveld.

“The South East Lowveld has a number of tourism packages which are very interesting to tourists,” she said.

“The introduction of this flight will boost tourism activities in Chiredzi. We have Gonarezhou National Park, Agro Tourism, some wildlife conservancies, cultural tourism and all these sites would be of interest to visitors.”

Air Zimbabwe has flown to Masvingo and Buffalo Range in Chiredzi intermittently in the 1980s and 1990s and attempts to revive flights in recent times failed due to poor market response.

In August, the airline re-introduced the Harare-Kariba-Victoria Falls route to link two of the country’s major tourist attractions.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, the airports at Masvingo and Buffalo Range can accommodate Air Zimbabwe’s MA60 aircraft or other light and medium aircraft.

The Buffalo Range terminal building can accommodate 40 arriving and 40 departing passengers during peak hour.

Source : The Herald