The Basotho owned Mohahlaula Airline Services has welcomed the resolution of the government to ease the movement restrictions starting Monday this week following almost seven months of a curfew due to the rampant novel coronavirus which has turned the whole world upside down.
Speaking in an interview, Founder and Chief Information Officer of the Mohahlaula Airline Services Mr. Phafane Nkotsi said as the company, they welcome the government’s resolution to ease the movement restrictions, saying it would augur well for the speedy recovery of the economy.
‘Mohahlaula Airline services has been operating domestic flights in the mountain areas such as Mokhotlong, Thaba Tseka, Qacha’s Nek, Semonkong and Ha Nkau under strict conditions in which we observed the World Health Organisation (WHO) of social distancing, screening of travellers to ensure the safety of our passengers,’ he explained.
Mr. Nkotsi said recently they have been operating flights in neighbouring South Africa in which they transported goods and passengers from China to Moshoeshoe I from O. R. Tambo International.
He said the government of Lesotho engaged the Mohahlaula airlines not based on the fact that it is a Basotho owned airline but simply because they are a global airlines which meet international flights standards.
Mr. Nkotsi said after the easing of movement both in Lesotho and South Africa, they will open new rout between Moshoeshoe I and O. R. Tambo targeting the business, students and the sick people who would like to fly to South Africa.
He stated that Mohahlaula has partnered with a South African company National Institute for the Communicable Diseases (NICD) as special laboratory that would offer testing and clearance certificates at Moshoeshoe I at a cost not over M700 even though he said those not travelling with Mohahlaula Airlines will have to pay more to be tested and awarded the clearance certificate.
The Founder and Chief Information Officer said NCDC is going to create between eight to 10 new jobs for Basotho such as two nurses, a laboratory technician, administrator, a waste management company for medical waste.
‘For the economy to recover, we need companies owned by Basotho to give as much as possible local people as part of job creation and poverty reduction as we reel from the impact of the COVID-19,” he highlighted.
Mohahlaula Airline services was granted an operating license earlier this year and has only three aeroplanes operating both domestic and business flights.
Just like any other company, Mohahlaula has been severely affected by the COVID-19 but now that the borders have been reopened between Lesotho and South Africa, there is light at the end of the tunnel that it could start to flourish even though it will face a fierce competition from other airlines.