Air Botswana failing the tourism industry – MP

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Air Botswana has been slammed for straining the growth of the tourism industry due to inefficiencies emanating from lack of timeliness and booking irregularities.

Member of Parliament for Chobe, Ronald Shamukuni yesterday told the House that the national airline was notorious for delays across the region, which have made it unpopular with tour operators and tourists. The MP was commenting on the committee of supply deliberations from the minister of Transport and Communications, Tshenolo Mabeo. He added that the continued delays that the airline has become synonymous with were stunting the sector’s growth given the value creation that air transport played in tourism.  “We are losing business because of delays, which have created an image of unpopularity among tour operators,” he said.

Shamukuni also decried that in the process, regional competitors such as Zimbabwe, Zambia and Nambia benefit from Botswana’s loss because neighbouring country airlines were now favoured. 

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