Emirates will on Thursday resume flights into Harare after the airline stopped flying into Zimbabwe when government announced suspension of flights into and out of the country in late March as a part of restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 virus.
In a statement, Emirates said the Harare flights will resume on the same together with the flight to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and Cape Town International Airport in South Africa.
Flights to Durban will resume on October 4 while Emirates will also start flying to Mauritius on October 3.
“The addition of the five points will expand the Emirates’ global network to 92 destinations, as the airline gradually resumes its operations while prioritising the safety of its customers, crew and the communities it serves around the world. Emirates’ African network will also now extend to 19 cities.
“Customers flying in and out of Emirates’ three South African gateways can safely connect to Dubai and to an array of onwards connections to Europe, the Far East, Middle East, West Asia and Australasia,” the statement said.
Emirates will operate to Harare with two weekly flights linked to its Lusaka service.
“The linked services will connect Zambia and Zimbabwe to key destinations across Europe, the Far East, the Americas, Australasia and West Asia with one convenient stop in Dubai.”
Customers can stop over or travel to Dubai as the city has re-opened for international business and leisure visitors.
“Ensuring the safety of travellers, visitors, and the community, COVID-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers arriving to Dubai (and the UAE), including UAE citizens, residents and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from.
The Zimbabwean government recently announced resumption of domestic and international flights with local flights starting Monday this week.