Air Zim slashes fares

HARARE - National airline Air Zimbabwe (Airzim) has reduced fares for local and regional flights by as much as 60 percent.

Shingai Taruvinga, Airzim spokesperson said under the promotion, which is running until July 31, 2013, will see a return ticket for Harare-Bulawayo reduced from $300 to $105 while a return ticket for Harare Victoria Falls is down from $421 to $180.

“A return ticket for the Harare-Johannesburg route now costs $275 from $390 and we have also introduced to our network the Bulawayo-Johannesburg route with the return ticket costing $275,” she said.

Taruvinga noted that since the introduction of Airzim’s domestic routes, air fares for the route have tumbled drastically.

Taruvinga said one way ticket for Harare-Bulawayo, Harare-Victoria Falls and Harare-Johannesburg were slashed down to $61, $140 and $150 respectively.

“By lowering our fares, we are trying to demystify flying, to make it accessible to every person in the country. Travelling in an aeroplane should not be viewed as only for the elite,” said Taruvinga.

The coming down of air fares comes after Airzim recently acquired two new aircraft to service its domestic and regional routes.

Airzim also recently indicated that it had opened talks with an unidentified party for delivery of an Airbus 380 (A380) which is expected to restart its Harare-London route that it abandoned after creditors threatened to attach its planes due to overdue debts. - John Kachembere

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