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Air Zimbabwe Resumes Flights Ahead of Zimbabwe Trade Fair

Air Zimbabwe has resumed daily national and regional flights after suspending flights two years ago following threats by creditors to impound planes over a $150 debt.

Air Zimbabwe chief executive Innocent Mavhunga was quoted by the Zimbabwe Inter-Africa News Agency as saying the airline resumed flights to Victoria Falls and Bulawayo last Friday and Johannesburg flights Monday.

Mavhunga said the flights would cater for travellers visiting the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair starting in two weeks.

He said the daily flights will continue even after the 5-day annual trade event ends.

Reacting to reports that the national airline has resumed daily flights, Victoria Falls mayor Nkosilathi Jiyane said he hopes the flights will boost tourism in the resort town.

Sources told VOA that an Air Zimbabwe Boeing 737 with a capacity of 200 passengers, which left Harare for Johannesburg on Monday morning and was set to return that evening, had 30 passengers.

The struggling airline, revealed earlier this year that it needed at least $50 million to resume full international operations.

The national airline has been servicing domestic routes three times a week since April last year. International flights are still grounded.