Cape Town: RwandAir has launched the first direct route from Cape Town to Harare which will see thousands of Zimbabweans living in the mother city travel home in just above two hours.
Yes – just two hours and some few minutes!
Speaking to Allnet Africa, RwandAir country manager, Thembela Dladla said that Harare is a key city on the continent hence it’s a dream come true for the company to have an opportunity to service the route.
“Thousands of Zimbabweans in Cape Town and tourists can now easily fly directly to Zimbabwe. We will fly four times a week from Cape Town and we are excited,” Dladla said.
He commended the new dispensation under Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa saying it took the airline less time to get approval from the authorities in Harare.
“We are the only African airline with on-board wifi connectivity for the convenience of our customer,” Dladla added.
The 16-year old RwandAir is reputed for its excellent on-time performance, customer service and safety, and has one of the youngest fleet on the African continent.
Travellers will need to fork out less than R5 000 for a return trip to Harare.
Exorbitant landing costs have made flying dear in Africa compared to Europe but RwandAir seeks to keep fares as low as possible.
Zimbabwe’s Consul General Bonface Mugobogobo has welcomed the introduction of the direct flight to Harare saying the linkage opens to the people of Cape Town and the Western Cape as a whole, the wonderful tourist attractions and vast investment opportunities in Zimbabwe.
“It is indeed a historic milestone that makes Rwanda the first airline to fly direct from Harare to Cape Town. It is great news and we welcome the development. The new route will certainly be the most convenient, quickest and hopefully cheapest option.”
“Zimbabwe is now born again and indeed open for business,” Zimbabwe’s representative emphasised.
There is a huge potential for stronger economic cooperation and ties across South Africa, Zimbabwe and Rwanda covering a wide range of areas including trade and finance, tourism and cultural exchanges.
With a fleet of twelve aircraft including two wide-body Airbus A330 acquired in 2017, the airline currently reaches out to twenty-four (24) destinations across East, Central, West and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
RwandAir Plans to beef up its fleet in 2019 and introduce more routes.