By Luckmore Safuli
Low-cost airline, Fastjet Zimbabwe has resumed flights into the country’s tourism capital, Victoria Falls, in a development that has brought optimism of better fortunes for the resort town which is still feeling the impact of COVID-19.
After five months of inactivity, the low-cost airline has successfully operated its inaugural post-COVID-19 commercial flight between Harare and Victoria Falls.
The airline’s Ebraer-145 touched done at Victoria Falls International Airport Thursday afternoon and received the water cannon salute.
Passengers said they are pleased to be back in the tourism capital and applauded the responsible authorities for putting in place sound safety measures.
“We are looking forward to having a wonderful time in this beautiful destination. It is good to be back here after such a long break caused by the unprecedented crisis.”
According to the airline, flights between Harare and Victoria Falls will operate every Thursday and Sunday, with Fastjet saying it will initially operate its flights on reduced frequency as they continue to monitor demand.
Meanwhile, a tour operator based in the resort town says they are finalising modalities for the resumption of the popular helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls known as the ‘Flight of Angels’.
“We are excited to be resuming operations again after the long break. We have put in place all the necessary measures and are complying with the set-out guidelines.”
The government recently approved the resumption of international flights with strict adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines.
Passengers arriving in Zimbabwe are expected to produce negative PCR results conducted within 48 hours before departure.