Thursday, 17 November 2016

AIR BOTSWANA QUITS HARARE ROUTE

AIR Botswana has suspended the Gaborone-Harare and Gaborone-Lusaka routes as of last weekend as part of the airline’s plans to enhance the schedule rationalisation exercise for the upcoming summer period.


In addition, there will be one less frequency per week between Gaborone and Kasane effective from Monday this week with the suspension of the flight. However, the airline stated that there will still be at least five weekly frequencies both ways between the two cities.

According to Air Botswana public relations officer, Thabiso Leshoai the rationalisation is part of the airline’s plan to enhance schedule integrity and improve customer experience without compromising its commercial viability. Air Botswana was flying the Gaborone-Harare route three times a week.

Meanwhile, the high price of jet fuel in Botswana has been cited as one of the factors that contribute to the poor performance of Air Botswana as it is said to be the highest in Africa.

Speaking at the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) recently, the secretary general, Dr Elijah Chingosho mentioned that one of the factors that contribute to the poor performance of the national 
carrier among others is the high jet fuel price.

“The jet fuel price in Botswana is one of the highest in Africa, which severely negatively affects the competitive capacity of the national carrier,” he said.

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