Emirates sees growth in Harare passenger numbers
Harare, Zimbabwe September 29, 2018 – Emirates saw an increase of more than 6 percent in the number of passengers travelling to and from Harare in the last year, according to latest figures from the airline. The carrier, which flies daily from Harare to Dubai and Lusaka, carried 337,512 passengers on the route in its 2017/18 financial year, compared with 317,967 in the previous year, revealed Emirates Commercial Manager Mr Al Falasi. “Emirates touches the lives of many people in Zimbabwe,” said Mr Al Falasi. “We connect investors and experts in the business sector; deliver seasonal perishables to market; and connect Zimbabwean people to the world. It’s an important contribution and we take that role very seriously.” Dubai is the leading destination for Emirates passengers travelling from Zimbabwe, followed by Lusaka, London, Guangzhou, Beijing, New York, Mumbai, Delhi, Geneva and Istanbul. “We are the only airline connecting Zimbabwe with a through-flight outside the Africa continent, and this links the nation to our network of over 160 destinations in 86 countries and territories worldwide, enabling Harare passengers to be almost anywhere in the world within 24 hours of departure,” added Mr Al Falasi.
While Emirates’ business strategy is to grow organically, the airline constantly considers a wide range of innovations that make commercial sense and improve customer comfort and convenience. On all Emirates’ flights, customers can look forward to hours of entertainment on the award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice, which offers over 3,500 channels of on-demand audio and visual entertainment, from the latest movies, music, audio books and games, as well as family-friendly products and services for children, including complimentary toys, kids’ meals and movies, priority boarding for families, and the use of free strollers at Dubai International Airport. In addition to the on-board comforts and products, Emirates’ prides itself in its multinational cabin crew and chef-prepared local, regional and international cuisine, using the freshest ingredients, accompanied by a wide range of complimentary wines and beverages.
There are 181 Zimbabwean nationals employed by Emirates, including nine pilots and 31 cabin crew.
Tourism and business focus
In-bound tourism arrivals on Emirates are supporting the Zimbabwe’s drive to boost the tourism sector. Emirates has also seen growth in the number of business travellers exploring opportunities in Zimbabwe, buoyed by renewed confidence in the economy. Growing demand for travel to Asia and Europe, add well as the popularity of Dubai as a shopping and family tourist destination have also added to the airline’s growth, added Mr Al Falasi. Meanwhile, the airline’s SkyCargo service provides freight solutions to Zimbabwe’s farmers, delivering their produce to markets across the globe. Emirates’ SkyCargo carried 1,900 tonnes of exports from Zimbabwe, mainly mixed seasonal perishables, in the last year, and brought 1,176 tonnes of imports to Zimbabwe, including general cargo, pharmaceuticals and hatching eggs.