The Zimbabwe government has granted traffic rights to RwandAir to operate the Kigali-Harare-Cape Town route.
The flights, which were issued on a fifth freedom basis, would start on May 16, this year.
A well-placed source in the industry had this to say:
“Rwanda Air has been given the traffic rights to service the Kigali-Harare-Cape Town route on a fifth freedom basis. The flights will resume on May 16, 2018.”
Zimbabwe’s Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister, Joram Gumbo, verified the development that would surely make life a whole lot easier for travellers, who at the moment have to catch connecting flights in Johannesburg in order to get to Cape Town.
“Yes, we did issue the traffic rights to Rwanda Air which will greatly assist our people to travel to Cape Town. This will be the first airline to travel directly to the Cape from Harare.
“Of course we already have the Ethiopian Airways flight which takes off from the Victoria Falls International Airport but from Harare, this will be the first one,” Gumbo relayed.
Gumbo added the new flight would also come with augmented revenue, specifically with regards to ticket and departure fees.
He also added that the government, in line with the mantra of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mantra, would consider all airlines that show interest in servicing routes that connect Zimbabwe.