Zimbabwe to sign air service pacts with Oman, Sri Lanka

Zimbabwe to sign air service pacts with Oman, Sri Lanka
Published: 21 February 2019 (174 Views)
Zimbabwe has  approved the signing of bilateral air service agreements with Oman and  Sri-Lanka as authorities forge on with efforts to make the country open  and accessible to the wider world. The agreements will allow airlines from the respective countries to  service Harare, Colombo and Muscat respectively.

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa said the decision was in line with the "open for business" initiative that President Mnangagwa's administration is  pursuing.

"The agreements provide a governing framework for the operation of air  transport services, thereby boosting travel and trade between Zimbabwe  and the two countries," she said.

"This is part of Government's efforts to engage and re-engage with the  international community thereby fulfilling the mantra that "Zimbabwe is  open for business."

Signing of the two bilateral air service agreements was approved by Cabinet at its Tuesday sitting. Officially the Sultanate of Oman, Oman is an Arab country on the  south-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia with a population of nearly five million people. Its gross domestic product was estimated at over $72,6 billion at the  end of 2017.

Its airline, Oman Air currently flies to over 50 destinations across the world.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka is an island nation south of India in the  Indian Ocean that is famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, with a  population of over 21 million. The country's national carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines has a fleet of 27  planes and currently flies to 114 destinations.


- New Ziana.

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