Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Turkey, Alfred Mutiwazuka, has said he is making efforts to ensure that Turkish Airlines fly directly to Harare.
Mutiwazuka told the businessdigest in Istanbul, Turkey, last week that direct flights would also be critical in bolstering trade between the two countries. He said in an interview:
I am engaging Turkish Airlines to fly directly to Harare.
Turkish airlines general manager in charge of sales in Africa was confident that more destinations would be opened by his organisation. He said that Turkish Airlines had suspended flights to some African cities like Maputo and Cape Town due to COVID-19 but would soon reopen the routes.
With respect to new destinations, which include Zimbabwe, he informed us that Turkish Airlines was purchasing new long haul aircraft like A350, which will allow the airline to service new routes.
The delay in flying to Zimbabwe lies in the few aircraft currently available to service current routes but the solution would be the acquisition of new aircraft.
He was confident the giant will service the Ankara-Harare route before December.
There are also indications the airline could also fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe’s premier holiday destination, helping the Southern African country diversify tourism source markets to rebuild an industry that has been dislocated by pandemic headwinds.
In the past eight years, Zimbabwe has been courting the airline to introduce flights into Harare and Victoria Falls after laying out a blueprint to rebuild its tourism industry into one of the nerve centres driving economic recovery.