by Seth BUTERA May 19, 2021
The restoration of British Airways‘ flights to Victoria Falls after more than a year of service suspension is a big endorsement to the country’s tourism sector and Zimbabwe’s investment profile, industry players have said.
A special reception was conducted last Thursday when the global airline service landed at Victoria Falls International Airport with more than 90 passengers on board coming to Zimbabwe’s prime tourism destination.
Various stakeholders and tourism players were at the airport by 1PM to welcome back the British Airways, which is operated by Comair.
The airline’s operations were suspended from March 24 last year at the height of the Covid-19 travel restrictions.
Its return comes at a time when more airlines have expressed interest to resume flight services to Zimbabwe, which has made significant strides in ensuring visitors’ safety through rolling out Covid-19 vaccinations.
Victoria Falls has become the first city in the country to attain herd immunity after a majority of its residents turned up for inoculation thereby boosting the confidence of tourists to resume visits to the destination.
The return of airlines will cement what the source markets think of us. Having reached herd immunity as Victoria Falls, we now see airlines having confidence in us as they are coming back,” said a Zimbabwean government official as she confirms that the relaxation of lockdown measures, has seen most tourism players were back in business