National carrier, Air Botswana said it will re-commence its scheduled regional operations effective November 10, 2020. According to the state-owned company, it will initially offer four weekly flights between Gaborone and Johannesburg, but these will be adjusted based on travel demand.
Air Botswana general manager, Agnes Khunwana said this is taking into account the prevalent travel conditions and protocols, still to be adhered to. Other regional destinations will be gradually introduced, including Cape Town, Harare and Lusaka.
“We are indeed very pleased at the announcement and view this as a positive development which will afford us an opportunity to progress our recovery plan. In this regard, we remain committed to continue implementing comprehensive safety and health measures, that are in line with globally recommended COVID-19 mitigation standards,” Khunwana said.
“Our focus remains deeply rooted on the recovery of the airline, its commercial viability and sustainability. Despite the difficult operating environment, we continue to explore new ways of doing things, exploit any possible opportunities, have the safety of our staff and customers at the heart of our business. These, we believe are key to ensuring that Air Botswana maintains its going-concern status.”
To further comply with health protocols and efficiency of service delivery, Air Botswana encourages the public and customers to take advantage of its online services for assistance with domestic and regional travel bookings, and other related enquiries via the business website.
“Furthermore, the public and the travelling community are advised to familiarise themselves with the prevailing travel regulations and guidelines as provided by Health authorities and the Government.”