AIR Zimbabwe has resumed daily flights to Victoria Falls, Bulawayo and Johannesburg, the flag carrier’s chief executive, Innocent Mavhunga, has confirmed.
The airline has struggled to operate effectively due to massive debts, which forced the company to suspend some international flights after creditors threatened to impound its aircraft.
Mavhunga said domestic flights resumed last Friday to cater for increased demand ahead of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) later this month while flights to Johannesburg would begin on Tuesday.
“The daily flights will continue, even after the ZITF, in an effort to stimulate activity on the routes, which is commensurate with our plans to revive the airline,” he said.
“We will use a combination of the Boeing 737 and other smaller aircraft for the domestic flights, depending on the load. The Bulawayo plane would facilitate the smooth movement of people to and from the trade fair.”
Mavhunga said the move would impact positively impact on Air Zimbabwe which has been struggling to maintain viability, pay its workers as well as being competitive with players such as South African Airways.
Since resuming flights in April last year, the airline has been flying domestic routes three times a week, which was criticised by the business community and players in the tourism sector.
The Government is looking for investors to help recapitalise the airline which is said be battling debts of up to US$180 million.
Date: 7 April 2013