A regional airline has introduced a 253 passenger Airbus to service the Harare-Johannesburg route, amid calls for regional airlines to invest in latest aviation technologies and to beef up their fleet so as to increase efficiency and contribute towards increased trade.
Zimbabwe and South Africa, which are key trading partners within the COMESA region, have seen an increase in the movement of goods and people across the two nationsâ€™ borders.
It is against this background that South African Airways has introduced the once a week Airbus.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of TransportÂ Communications andÂ Infrastructural and Â Development at the official launch of the aircraft, the Director for Transport, Mr Allowance Sango hailed the continued investments by the airline which is key in the development of the regional aviation industry.
South African Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Vusi Mavimbela, who hailed the cordial people to people relations between his country and Zimbabwe, urged regional airlines to invest in new aviation technologies.
South African Airways is one of the few airlines which remained in business during the 1998-2006 economic downturn which forced other planes to abandon the Zimbabwean route.
The introduction of the Airbus is in line with the local industryâ€™s call for an open-air policy for the development of trade and the tourism industry.