Mack Air expands Botswana-Vic Falls route – CAJ News Africa
of DANIEL JONES in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
THE VICTORIA FALLS, (ACJ News) – Mack Air of BOTSWANA has extended its service between the town of Kasane and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe due to high demand.
With land borders remaining closed, the air link between the two neighboring countries has become popular.
Mack Air launched its inaugural scheduled flights in May using a 14-seat Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft commuting between Kasane and Victoria Falls.
The airline has introduced a second aircraft which, however, flies on demand.
“Since the launch of Mack Air, we have grown considerably. Since the borders closed, we had expected a decline, but the support from the tourism industry and the cross-border transfer companies has been phenomenal, ”said Michael Weyl, Managing Director of Mack Air.
“We ended up with two scheduled flights a day. We fly daily and on demand. If there is demand for one plane, we only send one plane, if there is demand for both planes, we ship another.
Weyl said the airline is grateful for the support of the Victoria Falls community, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) and other stakeholders.
He said traffic is low at the moment as expected, especially during the low season until around February.
“We expect a slight drop, but 2022 bookings look good,” Weyl said.
Mack Air is courting Eurowings Discover for partnerships, but the company already cherishes business to be brought in by the Lufthansa-owned airline.
“The exciting part of Eurowings Discover connecting Victoria Falls to Windhoek is that it provides another international access point to Botswana as a neighboring country where we can start redirecting international tourism to Europe from Germany itself to Windhoek, to Victoria, then connect with Mack Air in Botswana and the Okavango Delta, ”Weyl said.
Currently, there is no connection between Victoria Falls and Namibia after Air Namibia flights were suspended last year.
Mack Air is the first airline to offer daily scheduled flights between Victoria Falls and Kasane and the industry has hailed this as a game changer as it connects the Kavango-Zambezi Transboundary Conservation Area (KAZA-TFCA).
It boasts of the most modern fleet of any airline in Africa, with an average age fleet under five.
Traditionally, tourists visiting one of the five KAZA countries, namely Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, took day trips to explore wildlife and other places of recreation.
They visit Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, and Hwange National Park using shuttles and vehicles from travel companies.
Before the lockdown, Air Zimbabwe, FastJet, British Airways / ComAir, Air Namibia, Kenyan Airlines, South African Airways, Air Link and Ethiopian Airways landed at the resort.
– CAJ News