Karikoga Kaseke, Chief Executive at Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), has called on the government to subsidize the national airline, Air Zimbabwe, to allow it to re-introduce its regional and international flights. Mr. Kaseke thinks it’s a norm in the world for governments to pay losses for national airlines. This should also happen for Air Zimbabwe, since it has a vibrant business model supported by sound operational policies, knowledgeable and competent management.
The call by ZTA comes after KLM Royal Dutch airline announced last week that it was withdrawing from Zimbabwe and Zambia services at the end of October. The Dutch carrier resumed its Harare flights two years ago after having pulled out for more than a decade.
“We do not see any reason why our government should not subsidise them as it is arguably the norm the World over and for the benefit of the destination in case where other airlines withdraw services.”
Kaseke encouraged Air Zimbabwe to also look at how they can quickly re-introduce and re-develop the European routes.
He said the withdrawal of flights by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from Zimbabwe is regrettable and will impact the tourism sector.
Currently 16 airlines including KLM land at Harare international airport.
Source: eTN Global Travel Industry News