After a 13-year hiatus, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has relaunched flights to Harare, becoming the only airline to connect the capital of Zimbabwe with Western Europe.KLM will operate the route from its hub of Amsterdam Schiphol three times a week utilising an Airbus A330-200 and Harare will be served in combination with Lusaka, Zambia. KLM already operates 11 weekly flights to Harare via Nairobi in cooperation with its fellow SkyTeam member Kenya Airways. KLM’s African network has grown substantially in the past year. In addition to the new destinations Luanda and Lusaka, KLM has also said frequencies to Cairo will also be stepped up “gradually”. Zimbabwe has been without direct services to Europe since July when its indebted national carrier Air Zimbabwe was grounded. “In line with our strategic focus on Africa, we launched services to Luanda in Angola and Lusaka in Zambia. At the same time we consolidated our partnership with Kenya Airways. By adding Harare to our destinations, means that KLM has a strong network and position in Africa,” said Pieter Bootsma, executive vice president marketing, revenue management & network. Among the other carriers operating to Harare International Airport are BA’s Comair serving South Africa, Air Malawi operating to Lilongwe and Ethiopian Airlines operating to Addis Ababa.Source: Routenews
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