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Fastjet welcomes Zimbabwe’s open skies
11 Oct 2017 - by Staff reporter
Zimbabwe’s move to facilitate open skies has positioned it as a leader in the implementation of the African Union’s Yamoussoukro Decision (the open skies vision of the African continent).
In a recent statement, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Patrick Chinamasa, announced that Zimbabwe was opening its skies to “any airline that wants to fly as many times as possible”.
Low-cost carrier, fastjet, intends to play a role in promoting tourism into Zimbabwe as well as regional and domestic, affordable travel. “Fastjet intends to serve both inbound connecting traffic as well as promote domestic travel as our destinations in Zimbabwe grow. We are committed to promoting tourism in Zimbabwe,” says fastjet Zimbabwe Spokesperson, Faith Chaitezvi.
The airline began operations from its Zimbabwe base in October 2015, flying domestically from Harare to Victoria Falls and internationally from both Harare and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg. Fastjet also flies from Dar es Salaam to Harare. Now, Chaitezvi says flights between Bulawayo and Harare are at the top of the airline’s agenda, along with plans to fly to other areas of the country as its fleet grows.
The carrier plans to engage with relevant authorities this week to shape plans. The airline is presently running a campaign in South Africa to further promote regional tourism to Zimbabwe and recently implemented an interline agreement with Emirates, whereby connecting traffic from Harare should increase onward travel to new and existing fastjet destinations.
In other markets where open skies have been implemented, economic benefits have included substantial growth in tourism, economic activity and job creation.