Barely a year after commencing flights into Victoria Falls, South Africa Airlink is set to upgrade its aircraft for the route and has also applied for three additional flights into the destination in yet another sign of confidence by the major airlines in the country’s premier tourists’ destination.
South Africa Airlink is set to introduce a new aircraft to service Cape Town-Victoria Falls as well as Cape Town-Maun routes in a development which will provide increased capacity and the introduction of business class.
The airline which previously operated a 37-seater embraer ERJ135 on the routes will now use an Avrorj regional jet with 83 seats.
According to information gathered, the upgraded aircraft will be deployed from the 2nd of July for the Cape Town-Victoria Falls route.
The airline has also applied for three additional flights into Victoria Falls a development which comes at a time the resort destination is enjoying record numbers in terms of tourists’ arrivals and room occupancy.
Tourism players in the resort destination say the interests by more airlines to service the route and upgrade to increase capacity is a sign of confidence in the destination.
“We are so excited that South Africa Airlink will be upgrading its aircraft into Victoria Falls. It only goes to show that there is renewed confidence in the destination. This is also coming at a time the destination is enjoying good numbers,” said some of the tour operators.
Currently South Africa Airlink flies six times per week flights on the Cape Town-Victoria Falls route.
If given the green light by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ), the airline will now increase its frequencies to nine times per week.
Tourism operators in the resort town are already positioning themselves to benefit from the envisaged surge in tourists traffic with more rooms under construction while more investors have expressed interest to join the scramble for investment opportunities in the destination.