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80,000 More Tourists a Year Could Soon Fly Into Victoria FallsBy Africa Albida Tourism
As many as 80,000 more tourists a year could soon fly into Zimbabwe’s leading resort town of Victoria Falls as two large international airlines commit to the destination and a third increases capacity, tourism industry leader Ross Kennedy says.
On March 1, South African Airways began operating an Airbus A330-200, daily to Victoria Falls from Johannesburg, the largest passenger aircraft ever to land at Zimbabwe’s top resort town. The A330-200 has 222 seats, 88 more than the smaller aircraft it has replaced.
In addition, Africa’s largest airline, Ethiopian Airlines, will begin four flights weekly from Addis Ababa to Victoria Falls, using the latest Boeing 737, on March 26, and Kenya Airways will begin direct flights three times a week from Nairobi to Victoria Falls on May 18.
Mr Kennedy, Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) chief executive, said it was the beginning of an exciting and positive period for tourism in the region.
“These three airlines alone add 80,000 new seats per annum into Victoria Falls International Airport and the region, offering a huge opportunity for growth, as well as connecting new destinations with the incredible Victoria Falls hub and KAZA tourism region,” Mr Kennedy said.
The new $150 million Victoria Falls International Airport, which includes a new 4km long, 60m wide runway, enabling long haul wide-bodied aircraft to land, was opened by President Robert Mugabe last November.
AAT is a hospitality group which operates a portfolio of properties in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, including Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Chobe, Botswana