The new dispensation’s Zimbabwe is Open for Business mantra is gaining momentum with low cost Pan African airline, Fastjet spreading its flying wings by making its maiden Harare to Bulawayo trip today.
Officiating at the occasion to mark the airline’s maiden flight, Director of Aviation and Rail Transport in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Mr Allowance Sango, who was standing in for Minister Joram Gumbo, said the airline’s achievement was necessitated by the government’s liberalisation of skies.
“The opening up of the Harare-Bulawayo route and others is indeed testimony to Zimbabwe’s commitment towards full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision. On the economic front, it is our expectation as the guardian ministry of the aviation sector that the opening up of our skies will result in the ease of doing business in the country,” he said.
Fastjet Accountable Manager, Mr Ed Berry said his firm is planning to spread its investment in the country as it seeks to compliment the government’s economic rebuilding exercise especially in the tourism sector.
“We have been in this country for the past three years now and we intend to seek more investment opportunities that are in this country. We are here to revolutionarise flying in the country. Bulawayo has so much to offer and we intend to boost and increase the tourism sector,” he said.
The coming on board of Fastjet on the Harare-Bulawayo route is against a background where more airlines are said to be showing interests in doing business in Zimbabwe as the new dispensation continues to attract investors in the country.