Zimbabwe is working of the finalization of modalities for the reopening of the Southern African country’s airports.

The phased approach will see the country start with domestic flights then gradually opening for international flights.

Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe has put in measures to improve health and hygiene at the country’s airports. Image Twitter @caaz_online

“The plan is to start with the resumption of domestic flights and then move to international flights, Government is finalizing on modalities for the reopening of airports to support the resumption of the tourism sector,” Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said at a post-cabinet media briefing on Tuesday.

The Zimbabwean airspace has been closed to scheduled commercial passenger flights since March 2020 following the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the region.

During this period multiple medical cargo flights were operated and the country’s two airlines Air Zimbabwe and Fastjet were performing repatriation flights.

Air Zimbabwe performed a series of repatriation flights from a number of Asian destinations to Johannesburg and Harare. While, Fastjet’s repatriation flights were focused between Harare and Johannesburg.

Victoria Falls is the country’s prime tourist destination with the country boasting of other top attractions such as, the Hwange National Park, Kariba, Matopos, Great Zimbabwe and the Eastern Highlands.

Air Zimbabwe B767-200 return to Harare after a repaytriation flight. Image Air Zimbabwe

In June, the government approved the resumption of tourism operations and the sector has been provided some relief funding during the pandemic.

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