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Troubled Air Zimbabwe to Resume Flights

Air Zimbabwe has announced that it will resume domestic and regional flights next month after stopping all operations last December due to crippling debts of more than $100 million.

The airline’s acting chief executive Innocent Mavhunga confirmed that they will be taking to the skies soon but declined to comment any further.

Indications are that the airline, which has reportedly secured two airbus planes, will resume domestic flights on the first week of November followed by regional flights November 12.

The airline is expected to service the Harare-Bulawayo-Victoria Falls and Johannesburg routes.

Air Zimbabwe grounded its domestic and international flights to London and South Africa fearing its aircraft would be impounded by creditors following the seizure of one of its planes in Britain by American General Supplies over a $1.5 million debt.

Transport Minister Nicholas Goche and State Enterprises Minister Gorden Moyo were not immediately available for comment.

Chief Executive Ken Conor of American General Supplies told VOA Studio 7 they are ready to start business with Air Zimbabwe.
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Economist Walter Mbongolwane said the airline’s venture is a non-starter as the undercapitalized state carrier is still looking for strategic partners.
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“They may have sourced funds from the government but the future still looks bleak for the national airline,” said Mbongolwane.