Zimbabwe to resume flights to boost tourismChristian Fernsby ▼ | September 9, 2020
Zimbabwe will resume domestic flights on Thursday and international flights on October 1 as the government steps up efforts to revive tourism, one of the sectors hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
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"Standard operating procedures have been put in place for the reopening of international and some domestic airports. The National Guidelines for Aviation Safety and Security have been developed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe to ensure the safety of travelers and airport staff," Mutsvangwa said.
Having closed its airports and other ports of entry in March due to the pandemic, the government last week fully re-opened the tourism sector after five months of closure.
Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu said the decision was meant to forestall further job cuts and revenue losses in one of the important sectors of the economy.
The government said the tourism sector is expected to contract by 7.4 percent in 2020 due to the economic fallout from the pandemic.
As of Tuesday, Zimbabwe has recorded 7,388 COVID-19 cases, 5,477 recoveries and 218 deaths. ■