Cabinet during its sitting on 8 September 2020, approved the opening of skies to both domestic and international flights with effect from 10th September and 1st October 2020, respectively.
Honourable Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, (Rtd) General Dr Constantino Chiwenga toured Robert Gabriel Mugabe, Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo and Victoria Falls International Airports today to assess their state of preparedness to receive international flights.
The tour involved seeing if Port Health, Immigration and ZIMRA facilities were ready for the resumption of international flights. The aspects spelling out readiness included availibility of disinfection booths and safety for both workers and travellers as they go through the clearing processes on arrival or leaving the country.
Speaking to journalists after touring Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport, VP Chiwenga expressed his satisfaction on the state of preparedness although there were just minor issues which needs to be addressed.
“The facilities are quite good I am impressed by what I have been briefed by CAAZ (Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe).
“They are now prepared for the reopening of both domestic and International airports,” said VP Chiwenga.
The Vice President called for uniformity in terms of set up and on offering seamless service to all travellers paying particular attention to top notch health facilities.
“There are one or two things which I advised them to put in place and those are not an issue here.
“We have been to RGM International Airport in Harare and we would want all our airports to have the same set up so that we don’t have problems with our domestic travellers and tourists who would be coming to Zimbabwe or leaving. We must make sure that they are well looked after and all our health facilities are in place,” said VP Chiwenga.
The VP was accompanied by Permanent Secretary Health and Child Care, Air Commodore Dr Jasper Chimedza.The event was also attended by Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province and Devolution Affairs, Judith Ncube and Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Services, Mangaliso Ndlovu. VP Chiwenga and his entourage thereafter made a visit to Victoria Falls International Airport.