- A group of Zimbabwean local investors have announced a project to create a low-cost airline to compete with the national airline, just few months after the country’s economy has shown signs of recovery following a decade of economic collapse.
The new airline, Fly Kumba, should start operating in September and will ensure the flights of both national and regional market, according to its founders.
The executive director of the new airline, Lloyd Muchaka said Kumba Fly was conceived along the lines of the low cost airlines in Europe and the rest of the world, expressing his confidence in this market segment.
"We intend to become the preferred low cost airline in Zimbabwe, offering lower fares and offer the best advantages to customers, and at international level," he said.
According Mr Muchaka, the planes had already been purchased, but did not disclose where the planes were acquired or the money invested so far in the project.
He said the main connection area of the Harare-Johannesburg will be to offer its services to more than three million Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa.
The visa waiver between South Africa and Zimbabwe, brought into force two months ago, increased travel and also the connections between the two neighbouring countries.
Until now, Air Zimbabwe, the national flag carrier, was the only airline of the country, ensuring the domestic, regional and international.
Zimbabwe's economy began to recover after the formation of the unity government in February, opening doors for possible investment in the South African state.
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