BY STAFF REPORTER
SOUTH AFRICA-BASED regional airline Airlink has appointed airline industry veteran Willem Janse van Vuuren as its new country manager for Zimbabwe and Namibia.
Van Vuuren is based at Airlink’s office in Windhoek, Namibia, according to a statement released by the airline yesterday.
“Wimpie, who has gained valuable experience and knowledge in airline commercial, cabin services and out-station operations over a number of years, will be an important asset to our team as we strengthen our presence in the Namibian and Zimbabwe markets,” said Airlink chief executive and managing director Rodger Foster.
Van Vuuren was a founding member of the Namibian Police’s Commercial Branch before joining that country’s former national airline, with which he held a number of senior positions in Namibia and in Europe, the statement noted.
Airlink resumed flights into Zimbabwe in March with frequencies between Cape Town and Harare.
The route is expected to increase tourist and business traffic between two of Africa’s biggest cities that had not been served by direct flights since 2015.
There is also significant business travel between the two cities because most South African firms operate subsidiaries in Zimbabwe.
Apart from the manufacturing sector, most of South African firms’ interests are in the mining