PAN-AFRICAN budget airline Fastjet yesterday reintroduced flights between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg as the country continues to open its borders after a lengthy shutdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The airline’s 50-seater Embraer ERJ145 landed at the Victoria Falls at 12:50 pm Thursday with 28 passengers on board, 19 of them South Africans, two Zimbabweans and seven internationals.
Three were on transit to Botswana and Zambia, an indication of how important opening of the Zimbabwean skies is to the region. The aircraft departed 30 minutes later with 24 passengers made up of locals, South Africans and some from Europe on board.
After the aircraft received the cannon salute, passengers went through Covid-19 protocols involving temperature checks and other processes and airport and port health staff helped maintain social distancing.
Fastjet becomes the second international flight to resume flights into Victoria Falls after Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines resumed in October.
In a statement, Fastjet said it was excited to be back. It will operate three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
“We are pleased to introduce the convenience of a direct flight service between the two cities.
“A visit to Victoria Falls offers visitors to Zimbabwe the tranquil opportunity and escape into the wonders of nature, which does not come much more spectacular than Victoria Falls,” said the airline management.
Fastjet has been plying the Harare-Victoria Falls domestic route three times a week as well as the Harare-Johannesburg route. ■