Air Zimbabwe has announced resuming domestic operations albeit on a limited schedule within the confines of the recently announced new lockdown restrictions.
In a statement, Acting CEO Mr. Joseph Makonise said though scheduled operations were grounded globally from the end of first quarter 2020 as air travel went into lockdown, we were able to operate cargo and repatriation fights reuniting families and loved ones who were stranded in various locations back to their countries.
“We have resumed domestic operations albeit on a limited schedule as we continue to monitor the trajectory of the second wave of the pandemic within the confines of the recently announced new lockdown restrictions” added makonise
Announcing the new lockdown measures on Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Chiwenga said air transportation remains unhindered and will continue as before with arrivals and returning residents being required to present covid19 free certificates. As for land access will be admitted subject to presentation of covid19 free certifications. These certificates must have been issued at least 48 hours before departure.
Makonese further explained that the airline’s focus in 2021 is fleet augmentation, route expansion and service delivery. While there have been delays in the deployment into service of ERJ145(Z-WPQ) we expect the aircraft to be serviceable by end of January 2021.
“We are in the process of acquiring a second ERJ145 for deployment into service within the first half of 2021” added makonise
“The deployment of these aircraft will allow us to initially introduce HRE/JHB/HRE twice daily, JHB/BUQ/JNB four times weekly. Domestic flights will also be increased to promote the tourism industry through our Flame Lily packages. Regional expansion is poised with the proposed addition of Lusaka, Lubumbashi and Kinshasa destinations as the year progresses” read the statement.