Mack Air basks in the glory of maiden Vic Falls flight

by | May 1, 2021 | Business, International, Local News | 0 comments

Hosia Mviringi

What started as nature loving adventure flights over the wildlife rich terrain of the Chobe National Park, 25 years ago has translated into a fruitful international excursion.

This is the story of Mack Air of Botswana, on the occasion of the launch of their landmark first scheduled international flight landing at Victoria Falls International Airport on May 1 2021.

Speaking to Tateguru Tv, Mr Michael Weyl, Managing Director of the Botswana based airline could not hide his joy and gratitude for the support his airline got from the Aviation authorities of both countries.

“We at Mack Air would like to first and foremost thank the Civil Aviation Authorities of Zimbabwe and Botswana as well as their Tourism bodies.
This auspicious occasion couldn’t progress without their support.”

The majestic Cessna 208ex Grant aircraft glided across the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Wildlife Park, floating above the mystic Victoria Falls rainforest for an eagle’s eye view of one of the seven wonders of the world.

The flight which touched down successfully at Victoria Falls International Airport at exactly 11:20 am Southern African time was welcomed in style with the traditional showers by fire tenders.

Indeed pomp and fun fare characterised the mood at Victoria Falls airport as Airport and Airline staff could not hide their joy at the successful maiden flight, which comes as a welcome addition to a long list of airlines choosing to operate direct flights into Victoria Falls City.

This was a historic ground-breaking flight as it marked the first time that a direct scheduled international flight has been operated between the Botswana town of Kasane and the Zimbabwean Tourism magnate City of Victoria Falls.

The launch of direct scheduled flights marks the opening of a reliable air bridge between the two towns, effectively providing efficient and cost-effective alternative transport services for tourist and business people between the two cities.

The launch of the new route presents immense opportunity and exciting challenge for the airline as it seeks to generate steady organic growth opportunities into the region, with Victoria Falls as the launch pad.

“Moreover we truly honour this memorable moment and take on this responsibility with growth and prosperity in mind and spirit.
With this added link to the four countries in the KAZA region, working together, we will bring confidence back into travel in Southern Africa. We are tourism strong,” said Mr Weyl in a statement.

The launch of this air route is a sure confidence booster to the rather skeptical tourists and business travelers in this post Covid-19 era.

Mack Air has undoubtedly set the pace for a progressive recovery of the travel and tourism sector in both Zimbabwe and Botswana.

The launch of this new route by Mack Air into Zimbabwe is significant as it comes at a time the two countries, Botswana and Zimbabwe, have scaled up bilateral cooperation, with the two Presidents collaborating cordially at various bilateral, regional and international fora.

This gesture will indeed serve to bolster already flourishing sisterly relations between the two countries.

“The effects of Covid-19 pandemic have shown us the importance of building bridges and uniting. We cannot do this by ourselves. An African Proverb says, “If you want to go fast go alone, but if you want to go far go together”. This is why the linking of Botswana and Zimbabwe is pertinent to both our countries’ growth. We do not take this responsibility lightly,” he continued.

Zimbabwe continues to score highly when it comes to improving the ease of doing business ratings.

This is another plus for the country as this event resonates with the goals and targets as set out under the country’s National Development Strategy 1 blueprint, which puts promotion of inward investment among top priority areas.