New airline issued with licence

Bus4Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Reporter
Government has issued an operator’s licence to an indigenous airline, Vic Falls Airways, which is set to ply international routes. The company’s maiden flight is expected in October.In a statement, Vic Falls Airways director Mr Itayi Garande said the airline will be the only local operator to offer direct flights to London.

“The company which already has a B767-200ER aircraft going through a major maintenance check at Harare International Airport will offer weekly direct flights to London (United Kingdom), Guangzhou (China) and Johannesburg (South Africa).

“The development means that Vic Falls Airways will be the only Zimbabwean airline offering a direct flight to and from London,” read the statement.

Dr Garande said the open skies policy in Zimbabwe has allowed the airline to launch in an industry dominated by large players.

“The opportunities offered through the Open Skies Policy are vast and we took advantage of that government policy to launch at this time,” he said.

He said the airline will work closely with Government to promote tourism.

The launch comes as another international airline, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, has announced that it will stop all direct flights to Harare and Lusaka from the 28th of October, two years after the resumption of flights to Zimbabwe. The airline says recent optimisations in its network portfolio in East Africa led to the decision to discontinue direct services from Amsterdam to Lusaka and Harare.

Another director of the company, Mr Masiwa Table said this was an important time to launch as the political situation in the country had stabilised.

The airline will fly into Gatwick, London twice a week and there are plans to have the same frequency for Guangzhou and Johannesburg.

 

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  • Charles

    Ko nhai reporter Vic Fall Airways yacho hainawo ma photos endege yayo here?why put the picture of a KLM plane against a different headline?Just asking zvangu.

    • Ganyawu Airlines

      Taura zvako charles. NDATOZVISHAYIRWAWO coz at first i thot KLM had reconsidered or something. Ko kaya kaAirline kakambofemesa Air Zimbabwe kuma late 90s kainzi Zimbabwe Express Airlines kachadzokawo here. Dai twauya twakawanda kuti Air Zim ichangamuke vajaira kuba mari through maInsurance scams

    • Dzapiringana Chimhini Haipo

      Iri kugadzirwa meaning it is being assembled….

  • Mimi

    KLM’s withdrawal should be attributed to the company’s efforts to continue with the “punish Zimbabwe mantra” that the Western countries continue to try on Zimbabwe. Be that as it may their efforts will and shall not work. Zimbabwe will continue to thrive.

    • http://batman-news.com Mukayi Musachengemanhanga

      Shas mamajor airlines are good for Zimbabwe, asi grapes are sower topanga ‘wine.’

  • Dalamola

    October is next door, let us wait and see. Would be at Harare airport for the ‘maiden flight.’

    • MaraMechavio

      As prophet of doom?

  • Bob ndizvo

    daka nehama vatorwa varipo

  • MaraMechavio

    It’s both!

  • MaraMechavio

    It’s not an obsession.It’s a fact many foolish-minded people like you would rather ignore,sanitize or sugar-coat.

  • Chimsoro

    Ndege yenyu yati chemberei uyezve maoperating costs achakuzvamburai. Makaita gore muchishanda munenge mamiramira.

  • Dzapiringana Chimhini Haipo

    ndege haina chitsotsi kunge purazi kukoromoka chete mukaita zvechi zanu zvenyu

  • Dzapiringana Chimhini Haipo

    Nyati haizi mombe uye ndege haizi gonyeti….. hezvino ndiri pano….

  • http://batman-news.com Mukayi Musachengemanhanga

    Problems like Chawasarira? Direct flights dzinochimbidzika kusvika asi kumhanya sandikusvika.

  • http://batman-news.com Mukayi Musachengemanhanga

    Ndege handina zvangu kukwira asi kutogara ndichikwira vakadzi vevanhu vano kwira ndege sewe.

  • Babamudiki Savanhu

    Here are answers to your questions mukoma wangu
    1. Tikakuudzayi kuti yakagadzirwa riyini hamuchazokwira
    2. Zvimwe zvine chiwoko muhomwe navana ‘Chef” hazvibviri kutaura
    3. Go East Policy. Vachatsvaga vanhu vane rayisenzi kubva kuChina
    Money is a major concern in this industry but passengers are eager to get there. Zve safety babamukuru tengayi flight insurance neAmerican Express kana uchitya kufa asi tosara todya mari yako, mukadzi togara nhaka uye vana venyu bhudhi tichiyita mabhoyi.