Zimbabwe has reopened its airports for international travel. This comes after the landlocked Southern African country had shut its borders to curtail the spreading of the Coronavirus.
The Zimbabwean government in September announced plans to reopen airports in a phased approach starting with domestic then international travel. The country’s aviation authority Director General Bertha Muzangaza said the authority has been working hard to ensure the safe resumption of international flights.
CAAZ Acting Director General Bertha Muzangaza said: “We are thrilled to welcome back international passengers for scheduled flights into and from our airports.”
Zimbabwe has introduced new health measures and Muzangaza added: “In ensuring the safety of passengers and staff, we have introduced new health measures such as mandatory temperature screening and sanitization before entering the terminal building. Passengers arriving into Zimbabwe must produce a negative PCR result conducted within 48hours prior to travel. Those showing symptoms of COVID 19 will be tested at the airport as sufficient testing equipment is in place.”
Who resumed flights?
Zimbabwean value-based airline fastjet resumed flights on the popular Harare- Johannesburg route using an Embraer ERJ145 jet. The value-based airline launched a twice daily flight on certain dates.
Fastjet today also resumed flights to Victoria Falls from its Harare hub. Last week the airline launched domestic flights to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s industrial hub.
Africa’s leading airline Ethiopian airlines resumed scheduled passenger flights to Harare. During the pandemic ET was operating repatriation flight from Harare providing sole connectivity to the outside world.
Emirates added flights to Harare via Lusaka from Dubai using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. All airlines are resuming flights with a phased approach.
“Kenya Airways and RwandAir will both resume on 02 October. More airlines are scheduled to resume in the coming weeks,” CAAZ said in the statement.
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