Air Zimbabwe and Cross-border Traders’ Association of Zimbabwe have struck a deal that enables the latter’s members to pay special fares when going for business to both regional and international destinations.
Under the arrangement traders would also be given extra kilogrammes to accommodate their baggage given they would have gone to purchase goods in bulk.
The special fares apply on the Harare to Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing routes.
The association’s president Killer Zivhu said the partnership would go a long way in advancing the interests of small traders.
“Our members are facing stiff competition from foreigners. By coming up with this partnership we want to eliminate middle men so that we can compete though purchasing merchandise at the source,” said Zivhu.
“The challenge has been that our members have been buying from Zambia and South Africa who obtain goods from China.”
In a letter Air Zimbabwe manager — sales and marketing — Chris Kwenda said the promotional fares were applicable to the association’s members only and valid until November 30 this year.
The tickets may only be purchased through Air Zimbabwe offices.
“Availability per flight of these tickets are limited to 20 on the international routes and 10 on regional routes,” Kwenda said.
“In addition as an incentive we are pleased to offer your committee, for every 20 cumulative tickets per route, a free ticket for that particular route. However, you will be required to pay for the applicable tickets.”
To augment the partnerships with Air Zimbabwe the association has a fly-now-and-pay-later facility with FBC bank that assists traders with travelling finance payable over three months.