Emirates increases flights into Harare

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Frequency boost provides better connectivity and travel options for Zimbabweans
Frequency boost provides better connectivity and travel options for Zimbabweans

Sydney Kawadza

Emirates will on June 5 this year increase its flights from four to five times a week in response to growing passenger demand for air travel.

According to the global airline, the linked service between Harare and Lusaka to Dubai will provide travellers with more flexibility and convenience of travel to over 90 destinations on the Emirates network, including its hub and popular global destination, Dubai.

Emirates has also put in a raft of biosafety measures at every customer touchpoint to ensure a safe travel experience for customers and employees.

“From March 28, the airline will also adjust its flight schedule moving to Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday departures, with a Saturday flight added from June 5,” the airline said.

Emirates will use its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft between Harare, Lusaka and Dubai. Flight EK713 departs Dubai at 09:25hrs, arriving in Lusaka at 14:35hrs. EK713 departs Lusaka at 16:05hrs, arriving in Harare at 17:10hrs.

Flight EK714 departs from Harare at 18:50hrs, arriving in Lusaka at 20:00hrs. The flight departs from Lusaka at 21:35hrs, arriving in Dubai at 06:30hrs the following day.

Commenting on the boost of services Emirates Country Manager for Zimbabwe, Nasser Bahlooq said the airline had seen a marked increase in passenger demand to and from Harare, especially to popular tourism and business hubs like Dubai.

“We hope that by increasing our frequency, we are able to facilitate even more tourism and business traffic as Zimbabwe continues its recovery. The increase of our flights to Harare, which are currently linked to Lusaka, is a testament to our commitment to Zimbabwe.

“We have been operating flights for over nine years, connecting Zimbabweans to the world and offering a world-class experience on-board, whilst prioritising the health and safety of our customers.

“We look forward to boosting our services further to provide better travel options for our customers as they take to the skies again.”

Emirates’ Economy Class customers can now enjoy even more personal space and privacy on-board with the ability to purchase up to three empty adjoining seats on their flight.

The airline has also introduced the new seat product on the back of customer feedback, addressing the needs of a range of customers seeking extra privacy and space while still flying in Economy Class.

This includes couples who wish to have the entire row to themselves (maximum of three seats in same row), parents travelling with in-lap infants, or those who simply want the added assurance of more space while travelling during pandemic times.

Since it safely resumed tourism activity in July, Dubai remains one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, open for international business and leisure visitors.

From sun-soaked beaches and heritage activities to world class hospitality and leisure facilities, Dubai offers a variety of world-class experiences.

It was one of the world’s first cities to obtain Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) – which endorses Dubai’s comprehensive and effective measures to ensure guest health and safety.

Emirates’ booking policies offer customers flexibility and confidence to plan their travel.

“Customers who purchase an Emirates ticket for travel on or before 30 September 2021, can enjoy generous rebooking terms and options, if they have to change their travel plans. Customers have options to change their travel dates or extend their ticket validity for two years.”

According to the airline, all Emirates customers can travel with confidence and peace of mind with the airline industry’s first, multi-risk travel insurance and COVID-19 cover.

“This cover is offered by Emirates on all tickets purchased on or from 1 December 2020, at no cost to customers. In addition to COVID-19 medical cover, this latest offer from Emirates also has provisions for personal accidents during travel, winter sports cover, loss of personal belongings, and trip disruptions due to unexpected air space closure, travel recommendations or advisories, similar to other multi-risk travel insurance products.”

Emirates has also implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey to ensure the safety of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air, including the distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes to all customers.

 

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