EgyptAir to review pull-out decision

HARARE - Egypt's national carrier, EgyptAir, is reviewing its decision to cancel flights to Zimbabwe following government intervention.

Karikoga Kaseke, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive, said he held fruitful meetings with the airline’s management in Egypt last week.

“In light of the cooperation and strong relationship between Egypt and Zimbabwe and given the importance of linking African countries, such a role should be maintained,” Kaseke told the Daily News. “In recognition of the efforts by the Zimbabwean and Egyptian government, EgyptAir will reconsider to maintain operation between Cairo and Harare.”

This comes after EgyptAir last month revealed that it is pulling out of Zimbabwe on September 23, citing a harsh operating environment in the southern African nation.

The announcement followed an earlier announcement by Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM), that it would stop operating to Lusaka and Harare effective October 26, 2014.

Zimbabwe’s tourism sector has the potential of earning $5 billion annually by 2020, according to government.

Kaseke said the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz) has already agreed to grant discounts on landing and navigation charges to EgyptAir in addition to the 50 percent discount already granted to the airline for the 2014/2015 season.

“ZTA will support EgyptAir to reach commercial agreement with Zimbabwean registered carrier through aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) lease for ground period at Harare airport,” Kaseke said.

He said the withdrawal of airlines from Zimbabwe would affect confidence in the destination and government would do its best to attract and retain as many international airlines as possible. A total of 18 international airlines left Zimbabwe at the height of a political and economic crisis that ended with the formation of an inclusive government and dollarisation in 2009.

These include Lufthansa, Qantas, Austrian Airlines, Swiss-air, Air India, Air France and TAP Air Portugal.

African airlines that no longer fly into Harare include Air Mauritius, Royal Swazi Airlines and Air Seychelles. Air Tanzania, Ghana Airways, Air Uganda and Air Cameroon also pulled out of the route.

However, following the stabilisation of the economy in 2009, a total of 12 airlines have since resumed flying into Harare.


Comments (5)

Hey, aya ma1. Apa akomana the last time i used the toilets dzepaHarare International Airport moti kunhuhwa ikoko. Apa i dont know who won the tender to maintain the place but ummm, its good kuti vambofambawo some places. they used to be good but now the standards are deteriorating sharply. They should make sure that facility doesn't run out of water and whoever will be doing maintenance and cleaning should earn his monies not being paid for what they are not doing.

Shona - 10 September 2014

Akomana hapana chinondirwadza sechekuti uchifamba uchienda kuanother country so, just crossing the border you will start to see differences. Akomana varume varikutungamira nyika yedu vanombofambirawo kupi, pai?? Its something chekuti if i were a minister of energy or a minster of urban development what what, yava Chombo iye, i tell you,i would step down. How can a five-sensed person continue holding on to power when you have let the nation bleed in your hands like that. Sure you want to destroy the country to the point where our kids will not have anything to be proud of. I wonder if some gentleman have any legacies they want to leave behind. Dai vese vaka resigner neku stepper down kuma early 90's, we should have been celebrating and singing you all over. But as it is,you have taken all the credentials away. You have destroyed the nation to point that it no longer makes any sense telling a born-free kuti we won the independence for you. . . . . . . shame on you some leaders. I am finding it hard to accept that 18 airlines left the route, eish.

Shona - 10 September 2014

This is what should happen in Cairo for Egypt Air flights to Harare and elsewhere to attact more passengers:- CUSTOMER CARE MUST IMPROVE, PASSENGERS AND FREQUENT FLYERS MUST BE TREATED WELL AT CAIRO AIRPORT AND TRANSIT HOTELS, TICKET FARES MUST GO DOWN - flights will be full and viable. Egypt Air should look inwards for solutions to their viability problems.

Clever - 18 September 2014

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