KLM suspends flights to Zim

HARARE – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) plans to suspend its Amsterdam to Harare and Lusaka flights, less than two years after resuming flights into Zimbabwe.

The airline, which had suspended flying into Zimbabwe for 13 years, advised that it will discontinue the flights on October 28, 2014.

It began servicing the Lusaka route on May 15, 2012 with three weekly flights using an Airbus A330-200.

On October 29, 2012, the operation was restructured to serve the Harare and Lusaka routes to Amsterdam.

“We think the fees are too high for an economical and profitable operation, we think they can come down,” said KLM’s vice president Pieter Bootsma.

“Recent optimisations in KLM’s network portfolio in East Africa led to the decision to discontinue direct services from Amsterdam to Lusaka and Harare.”

Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) general manager David Chaota could not be reached for comment.

Comments (2)

Ko chii futi?? Where is Mzembi? Please young Minister, can you tell our Aviation people that tourists also look at the flights which come to Zim? A lot of them won't fly Arabis Airlines. Landing fees should be reduced otherwise South Africa and Zambia will eat the Pie alone!!

selele - 1 August 2014

Haa vakomana mati todii veduwe, from uk this is the most convenient flight. Those in authority we appeal to you to do something urgently. We fly frequently to stimulate the economy of our country, with this prospect it is inevitable we would have to reduce on those trips. If this happens it is going to further hurt our economy, a dime is better than nothing at all! Countrymen think about this

Patriot - 1 August 2014

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