Budget airline takes to the sky

BULAWAYO - The country's first low cost budget airline, Fly Kumba, finally took to the sky last week.

The maiden flight was initially pencilled in for December last year, but had to be cancelled because of licensing challenges in the country. Fly Kumba is using a leased Boeing 737 500 series from a Namibian airline and will for now ply the Bulawayo-Johannesburg route. The airlines fees are pegged at R800 or US$100 for the economy class and R1 200 or US$150 for the business class. Local routes that are earmarked for the future include Harare, Victoria Falls and Kariba. Lloyd Muchaka, the airline’s chief executive officer expressed confidence that this was just the beginning of greater things to come.

This will be our primary route for now and we are geared to become the first low-cost regional airline to ply this route, said Muchaka. He added that Fly Kumba had offices at the Harare International Airport, in central Harare and Bulawayo for tickets and administration. In Johannesburg their offices are at Park Station to take advantage of the GauTrain (the new rapid train scheduled to be launched in time for the FIFA 2010 World Cup). The airline is proud to play their part in supporting the Government’s initiatives, one of which is the Open Skies policy.

The airline is geared to play their part in championing sport tourism and propping up initiatives by the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry. We are also confident that the introduction of the airline would play a pivotal role in boosting tourist arrivals given that tourism is one of the sectors that could significantly contribute to the country’s economic growth, said Muchaka.

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