Mack Air and Air Zimbabwe signed an agreement for the launch of a new domestic and regional air service, called Flame Lilly Hoppa, in Harare “Flame Lily Hoppa”, Zimbabwe on July 4.
The agreement, an operational and commercial partnership between the two airlines, includes the launch of a daily domestic scheduled air service between Victoria Falls, Harare and major tourist destination including Hwange, Kariba and Chiredzi.
Additionally, the agreement includes services to camps and lodges within the environs of these major tourism hubs, on an anticipated per seat basis to service the lodge and camp clientele and drive additional tourism growth in the areas.
The agreement also includes the launch of a daily regional scheduled air service between Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique. These flights will focus on the historic tourism links between Zimbabwe and Botswana, ensuring the inauguration of additional tourism circuit products by operators and links provided on Flame Lily Hoppa.
Flights will be operated using a brand-new Cessna Grand Caravan EX operated by Mack Air and Embraer 145 jet aircraft from Air Zimbabwe.
Mack Air and Air Zimbabwe have also committed to supporting the upgrade of both Kariba and Hwange Airports, alongside and in co-operation with the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and additional key stakeholders, to ensure the complete suitability of facilities for the region becoming a safari and recreational destination.
Additional announcements will be made in the coming weeks as the discussions further materialize.