A Tanzanian airline said on Monday it will start flights to Zimbabwe in December, plying the Harare-Dar es Salaam route three times a week.
Precision Air sales officer Yvonne Baldwin said the route had enormous potential, and will shorten travel times between the two countries which until now were via Nairobi in Kenya.
It becomes the latest airline in recent weeks to start flights to Zimbabwe, which many carriers pulled away from at the height of political and economic instability a few years ago.
“All the logistics have been put in place, thus our first flight will be landing in Harare in December,” Baldwin said.
“The flight will be coming to Harare three times a week. People of Tanzania and Zimbabwe have been finding it difficult to connect, having to resort to indirect flights which go to Kenya first which is expensive,” she said.
The Harare-Dar es Salaam route was previously plied by the national carriers of the two countries, but both pulled out due to operational difficulties.
Air Zimbabwe is yet to recover from the economic difficulties of the last few years, and has suspended flights to any destination.
Baldwin said apart from catering for business travellers, Precision Air would help promote tourism between Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
The coming of Precision Air, Baldwin said, would help boost tourism in the two countries.
“We are convinced this will further enhance our tourism and bilateral co-operation with Zimbabwe in all spheres of life including trade and commerce,” she said, adding that
Precision Air would deploy a Boeing 737-300 on the route.