The BOTSWANA-based airline, Mack Air has launched scheduled daily flights between Kasane and Victoria Falls in a development that is expected to boost tourism and enhance the attractiveness of Victoria Falls as a regional tourism hub.
The airline’s Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft landed at Victoria Falls on Saturday morning to a rousing welcome from tourism stakeholders and received the traditional water cannon salute.
Mack Air Managing Director, Mr. Michael Weyl expressed confidence the introduction of the scheduled flights will initiate seamless travel between the two tourist destinations and boost tourism.
“We truly honour this memorable moment and take on this responsibility with growth and prosperity in mind and with this added link to the countries in KAZA region, working together we will bring confidence back into travel in Southern Africa,” said Michael Weyl, Mack Air Director Local tourism and aviation stakeholders described the launch of the airline’s scheduled daily flights as a landmark development for the country’s tourism capital.
“The coming in of Mack Air is obviously there to bridge the gap that was there as there was no connection between Victoria Falls and Kasane,” said Franklin Mukarakate, National Handling Services (NHS) Board Chair.
“This is first of its kind and it’s going to enhance this destination,” said David Kanyandu, Airports Company of Zimbabwe, Head Customer Services.
The 20-minute scenic flight between Kasane and Victoria Falls affords tourists a chance to sample the rich wildlife heritage as the aircraft flies past the confluence of four KAZA countries on the Zambezi River.