In the time it takes to have a leisurely three-course lunch at a restaurant, you can fly from Harare directly to Durban in the comfort of Airlink’s modern Embraer ERJ135 aircraft. Southern Africa’s premier Airline, launched its inaugural flight between Harare, Zimbabwe, and at King Shaka International Airport in Durban on 5th April. Durban Direct, the KZN Route Development Committee, arranged a fitting water canon salute as the plane touched down with a full load of passengers. This brand-new Durban-Harare route linking the two cities will be the Airlink’s third direct service to Zimbabwe’s capital, along with flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town operating three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. KwaZulu-Natal will see a massive boost in tourism and this new route will open more doors not only in Zimbabwe, but also to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region which will help grow investment and tourist numbers from the network. There will be significant gains for the province especially now that Zimbabwe and the SADC network will go a long way in driving trade and investment relationships into KZN. Having non-stop flights on the route means greater convenience and options for travellers who want to save time and avoid connecting in Johannesburg. This marks a signal to the world, especially to regional and international bleisure travellers, that there is easy accessibility into KZN and that KZN is definitely fully open for travel, given the fact that Qatar Airlines, South African Airways, Emirates and now Turkish Airlines…
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Source: Nomad Africa Magazine