Resumption of flights in Botswana boosts tourism

Botswana saw the long-awaited return of foreign tourists as a flight of Ethiopian Airlines landed at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport here on Saturday.

This was the first arrival of passenger airlines and international tourists in Botswana, flown in by Ethiopia’s national carrier after Botswana eased international travel restrictions early this month.

At least 21 tourists arrived in the country over the weekend, a milestone in Botswana’s tourism industry that was almost crippled after the country banned all international travels to control the spread of COVID-19 some seven months ago.

Commenting on the move, Mesay Ayalew, Ethiopian Airlines’ regional manager for Gaborone, said it gave him great pleasure to be able to fly into the country again following a long hiatus.

He said Ethiopian Airlines hopes to play a big role in the resuscitation of the Botswana tourism industry while resuming its business operations which have suffered a lot in the past months.

He said they will continue to ensure that health protocols set to control the spread of COVID-19 are adhered to by all their passengers.

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Source: CGTN