The agreement outlines an integrated and synergistic operational and commercial partnership between the two airlines. This agreement includes the imminent launch of daily domestic scheduled air services between Victoria Falls, Harare and the major tourist destinations including Hwange, Kariba and Chiredzi. Additionally, the agreement includes services to camps and lodges within the environs of these major tourism hubs; on an anticipated per seat basis to service the lodge and camp clientele and drive additional tourism growth in these critical areas.
The Agreement also includes the launch of daily regional scheduled air services between Zimbabwe,
Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique. These flights will initially focus on leveraging the historic tourism links between Zimbabwe and Botswana, obvious geographic positioning and thereby ensuring the inauguration of additional tourism circuit products, by operators and using a platform of integrated flights, services and links provided on the Flame Lily Hoppa.
Flights will be operated using a blend of brand new Cessna Grand Caravan EX operated by Mack Air and
Embraer 145 jet aircraft from Air Zimbabwe.
Mack Air and Air Zimbabwe have also committed to supporting and spearheading the upgrade of both Kariba and Hwange Airports, alongside and in co-operation with the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and additional key stakeholders; in order to ensure the complete suitability of facilities for the region becoming a world-class safari and recreational destination.
Engagement has been initiated with the International, Regional and Domestic Tourism Industry in order to ensure that all stakeholder interests are efficiently and effectively serviced. Additional announcements will be made in the coming weeks as these discussions further mature and crystallise.