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.

From: www.newzimbabwe.com
By: NewZiana
Date: 7 April 2013