Zimbabwe: return of British Airways to boost tourism in Vic Falls
Restoring British Airways flights to Victoria Falls after more than a year of suspension of service is a big boost to the country’s tourism sector and Zimbabwe’s investment profile, industry players have said.
A special reception was held last Thursday when Global Air Service touched down at Victoria Falls International Airport with more than 90 passengers on board heading to Zimbabwe’s top tourist destination.
Various stakeholders and tourism stakeholders were at the airport at 1 p.m. to welcome back British Airways, which is operated by Comair.
The airline’s operations were suspended from March 24 last year at the height of Covid-19 travel restrictions.
His return comes at a time when more and more airlines have expressed interest in resuming flight services to Zimbabwe, which has made significant strides in ensuring the safety of visitors by deploying Covid-19 vaccines.
Victoria Falls became the first city in the country to achieve collective immunity after a majority of its residents showed up for vaccinations, boosting the confidence of tourists to resume visits to the destination.
The national director of the airline, Ms. Karen Tumazos, said the resumption of flights was a big victory for tourism operations.
âIt’s a great introduction for us to bring visitors to Victoria Falls City, which is one of the top destinations in Zimbabwe.
It has been over a year since our last flight here and we hope to see an increase in passenger numbers in the future, âshe said.
“We will be flying twice a week in May and from June 1 we are resuming daily flights and we hope to continue flying and increase frequencies to Zimbabwe,” Ms Tumazos said.
Some of the passengers from South Africa were delighted to be back in the resort town and were eager to experience the adventures and wonders of Victoria Falls, including seeing wildlife and sampling other activities.
âI have been coming to Victoria Falls for 15 years and always want to come back because I love this place,â said Mr. Michael Johnston.
Another visitor, Miss Lathitha Gazi, said: “I look forward to the best experience in Victoria Falls and have fun through the many activities I have heard about as we celebrate a member’s birthday. of my family.”
The delegates who came to greet the resumption of air services were instrumental in reviving the tourism sector.
“This is a very exciting and important development for Victoria Falls as there is a lot of joy coming from British Airways-Comair.
“This marks another giant step on our road to recovery and we look forward to welcoming all visitors again, whether on BA (Comair) or any other airline to Victoria Falls, the beautiful destination,” said independent consultant for ‘We are Victoria Falls Crisis and Recovery Initiative coordinator Shelly Cox.
Roots Through Africa director Ms Yvonne Jandles also expressed her enthusiasm saying that the return of air services would improve access to the destination and improve business.
âThe return of the airlines will cement what the source markets think of us. Having achieved collective immunity under the Victoria Falls name, we now see that the airlines trust us as they come back,â he said. she declared.
Tourism Business Council representative Barbara Murasiranwa said that following the easing of lockdown measures, most tourism players had resumed their activities.
“We want to congratulate British Airways for making this decision to start coming and I hope that more airlines will do the same and that a reflection on the partial opening of land borders will be considered,” she said. declared.