By Alex Bell
30 October 2012
Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) on Monday resumed flying to Zimbabwe, more than a decade after it suspended its service.
KLM stopped its Zim bound flights in 1999 when the country’s worsening economic and political crisis saw demand for air travel slump.
But the Netherlands has now joined a host of other nations who have resumed their Zim services, in what some analysts are saying is a positive sign for the country’s still wilted economy.
KLM will now service three weekly flights between Harare and Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.
The airline’s executive vice president for Marketing, Pieter Bootsma, said in a statement that adding Harare to its list of destinations means KLM has a “strong network and position in Africa.”
KLM said in its statement that it will also offer eleven weekly services to Harare via Nairobi in cooperation with Kenya Airways.
KLM’s renewed service comes as Mozambique Airlines (LAM) is planning to resume its service to Harare as of this Wednesday. The airline is planning to have bi-weekly flights on Wednesdays and Sundays.
“The flights, both to and from Harare, will also stop at Beira (Mozambique’s second largest city) to offer more connections with all LAM destinations, and to increase opportunities for passengers to travel easily and with greater frequency and rapidity to Harare,” the company said.