VICTORIA FALLS – Ethiopian Airlines has announced more flights on the Addis Ababa-Victoria Falls route while revealing plans to launch the Bulawayo route from November this year.
Ethiopian Airlines representative Menbere Worku said the company was responding to increased demand for flights to Zimbabwe.
“As we all know, Ethiopian Airlines flies to Victoria Falls four times a week. Now we have started the fifth with effect from July 1st.
“The reason for the increase in frequency is the increase in demand and the lifting of travel restrictions in many countries.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to inform the public that Ethiopian Airlines has completed preparations to commence flights to Bulawayo in November 2022,” Worku said.
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Zimbabwe tourism industry stakeholders saluted the Ethiopian Airlines for its continued support of the local tourism sector.
“Positive impact on national and international tourist flows…easy accessibility of the Victoria Falls destination; better sales, which will certainly increase revenue for the tourism industry,” commented tour operator Terry Leach.
Another stakeholder, Bernard Vhuta, said the Zimbabwe tourism sector will benefit immensely from the increased frequency of Ethiopian Airlines flights as it will increase the number of arrivals at Vic Falls.
“After the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism has slowly increased, which means easier travel for tourists. The launch of direct flights from Bulawayo will also highlight other tourist attractions we have in Zimbabwe besides Victoria Falls.”
Improving air connectivity is a crucial cog in the growth and accessibility of any tourist destination.