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Zimbabwe Parliament Backs Hard-Currency Pricing For National Airline

Zimbabwe's parliamentary committee on transport has backed a proposal by Air Zimbabwe to set regional and international fares in foreign exchange.

The panel said this will help the national airline stay afloat while longer-term solutions are found. The committee Monday endorsed the national air carrier’s pricing shift.

Air Zimbabwe Chairman Mike Bimha said last week that he had broached the subject of hard-currency pricing with the Ministry of Transport.

Opposition lawmaker Murisi Zwizwai told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that Air Zimbabwe desperately needs hard currency, not only to pay for fuel but to retain its pilots.

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