BY Everson Mushava in Britain
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has entered into a partnership with RwandAir to increase connectivity between Harare and the United Kingdom.
Under the agreement, the airline, which launched its Harare-London route in May, is set to increase flights into Harare, apart from offering a lucrative package to all tourists coming through the ZTA.
The agreement between Rwand Air and ZTA has the goal of increasing tourist arrivals from UK into Zimbabwe.
Rwand Air was represented by Dennies Rwililiza and Ada Magezi, the Rwand Air UK country manager and Zimbabwe country manager respectively.
Tourism minister Priscah Mupfumira (pictured) said she was working tirelessly to ensure that RwandAir, which also flies from Harare to China, introduce flights to the United States.
“Tourism continues to grow and we need more birds coming to Harare from various areas. Connectivity is important to boost arrivals in the country. As you can see, RwandAir only flies to London, but we need more flights connecting Zimbabwe to other cities in the UK,” Mupfumira said.
The minister has been holding some roadshows to lure Zimbabweans living in the UK to invest back home. The roadshow ended in London yesterday after going to Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester, among other cities.
RwandAir was also taking part in the roadshow.
RwandAir flies from Harare to London four times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday), departing from Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport at
0350hrs and arriving in London at 1750hrs via Rwandan capital, Kigali, the airline’s hub and then Brussels.
The airline recently introduced the Sunday flight due to increased demand for that route.