|Fly Emirates to set up offices in Harare|
|Saturday, 31 December 2011 21:43|
FLY Emirates, a top class international airline, is bringing its business to Zimbabwe and is starting operations early this year, an official with the airline has confirmed.
Fly Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing international airlines, will open offices in Harare next month and their flights are to start in February once all modalities have been completed.
The coming of the company will serve as a welcome development for Zimbabwe’s ailing aviation industry as Emirates seeks to bring back the glory to Zimbabwean airways.
In an interview, Emirates country manager for Zimbabwe, Mr Essa Sulaiman Ahmad, said the company will be reviving the tourism sector by flying some international tourists into the country.
“Emirates is an international airline and the fact that we are coming to operate in Zimbabwe shows that we have seen the hope of this country economically,” said Mr Ahmad.
“Even if the national airline here is not functioning up to full capacity we here to aid in the smooth operations of bringing in existing and potential business people in the country. Airlines complement each other in their business and thus we are here to help the national airline”.
He went on to say that the coming back of international airlines into the country was testimony to the fact that the country was slowly going back to its trading place in the world where international business people played a major role.
“The availability of different airlines will give customers more option, ability and convenience,” he said.
According to a statement released by Emirates, their flights routing Dubai via Lusaka to Harare will start flying in February and June 30.
Emirates executive vice-president (passenger sales), Mr Thierry Antiniri, said they would be offering discounts for their customers.
“For the first time in Emirates history we are welcoming in the new year by offering unprecedented savings to our customers,” he said.
Renowned for its excellence in service and innovation, both on board and on ground, Emirates holds an array of prestigious awards
This comes at time when the national airline is facing operational problems due to the huge debts the company is facing and have seen its planes being impounded in London.