Air Botswana resumes Zimbabwe flights after Covid-19 grounding

HARARE – Air Botswana has resumed flights between Harare and Gaborone, just over two years after the flights were cancelled when Covid-19 hit.

Air Botswana sales and marketing chief Mogolo Mokgosi said the airline will operate a triangular route connecting Gaborone, Harare, and Lusaka every Friday and Sunday.

“I’m delighted to officially announce that Air Botswana has resumed our Gaborone-Harare routes,” Mokgosi said Friday.

Pako Oarabile Nkwe, the first secretary at Botswana’s embassy in Harare, said the resumption of the flights will help boost economic activities between the two countries.

“Zimbabwe and Botswana enjoy cordial relations and we are now expecting that the resumption of Air Botswana on the Harare route will continue to stimulate business activities between the two nations,” he said.

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) head of communications Godfrey Koti said: “We are glad to see the return of Air Botswana, a move that sees the unlocking of a number of opportunities in the tourism sector.

“We hope to maximise our engagements so that we incorporate all the efforts made to avail an enabling environment to enhance our tourism recovery efforts.”

Passengers boarding Air Botswana are expected to produce negative Covid-19 test results from accredited laboratories.

Air Botswana is a small airline with five aircraft – two Embraer E170, two ATR 72-600 and one ATR 42-500. It was unclear which aircraft will be deployed on the route.

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