Victoria Falls — ZIMBABWE’s newest airline has taken to the skies, marking a milestone in the aviation sector and the tourism industry.

Aptly named, Falcon Air made its inaugural landing at Hwange National Park on Monday afternoon, heralding the start of connectivity between national game parks and Victoria Falls, the capital Harare and the Southern African region.

“This will augment efforts of the national carrier (Air Zimbabwe) and further strengthen synergies that we have in the sector in particular tourism development and promotion of Zimbabwe through infrastructure development,” said Edwin Toriro, a director in the District Development Fund (DDF).

DDF, is a department in the Ministry of Transport, which owns Falcon Air.

The Ministry of Transport also owns Air Zimbabwe.

Falcon Air has introduced daily flights between the country’s tourism resorts and national parks using a light aircraft.

With a fleet of four aircraft, it will use a Caravan 11 with a capacity of 14 passengers. It operates 72 airstrips countrywide.

DDF, which maintains some road and air infrastructure, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) on Monday to facilitate easy movement of tourists as the country strives to revive the sector and promote domestic tourism.

Mangaliso Ndlovu, the Minister of Tourism, speaking at the MoU signing, said, “This strategic partnership is an exciting development in the history of tourism in Zimbabwe and should act as a catalyst for tourism development.”