Botswana: Air Botswana resumes Johannesburg flights

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana's cash-strapped national carrier, Air Botswana, has announced the resumption of flights from the country’s tourist resort of Maun to OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa.

Thapelo Moribame, Air Botswana's Marketing Manager, on Wednesday said the service had been restored ahead of the tourist peak season. The service was stopped last year because of reduced traffic.

Last month, the Government announced plans to aid the ailing national airline whose finances have remained in the red for years.

Dr. Omponye Kereteletswe, acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that Air Botswana was bankrupt.

He said government was working on a strategy to re-fleet and purchase aircraft for long distance routes, as cut-throat competition in the industry weighed it down.

Dr. Kereteletswe plans to re-fleet comes after several strategies had been implemented at Air Botswana to rescue the situation.

In addition, government recently appointed a new board expected to turn around the airline’s fortunes.

Meanwhile Air Botswana has resolved to limit its routes within Africa, as management rolls out the re-engineering exercise and purchasing of new aircraft.
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29 june 2016 10:06:25

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