Cape Town - Travellers from the United States can now fly from North America to Victoria Falls with only a two-hour stopover, as Ethiopian Airlines has just launched a new route to Zimbabwe's new Victoria Falls International Airport.
The East African airline "became the first international airline to launch flights into the new Victoria Falls International Airport – which opened last November – when its Boeing 737 touched down just after midday" on Sunday, 26 March 2017, it said in an official statement.
Ethiopian Airlines will now fly to Victoria Falls from Addis Ababa four times a week, enabling tourists from major cities in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa to enjoy hassle-free connections via Addis Ababa.
According to Ross Kennedy, Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) chief executive, the route allows “American tourists to fly from Washington to Victoria Falls, for example, with a less than two-hour stopover”.
Kennedy added that Victoria Falls International Airport, in anticipation of the new international carrier, had prepared and increased resources for the arrival with more staff, training, immigration officials and enhanced IT systems in order to handle the increased arrivals more efficiently and smoothly.
He says the new route once again highlights the rapidly expanding African air network, which now further opens up new route linkages.
Increased international activity into the airport includes South African Airways boosting its capacity by 88 seats, by launching an Airbus A330-200 to service its daily route between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls.
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Kenya Airways will also be launching direct flights from Nairobi to Victoria Falls and on to Cape Town come May this year, and SA Airlink will launch direct flights between Cape Town and Victoria Falls six days a week from 2 July 2017.
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These four flights airlines’ activity could bring as many as 80 000 additional tourists a year into Victoria Falls, Kennedy says.
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