By Alex Bell
24 October 2012
Zimbabwe’s troubled national airline is reportedly set to resume regional and international flights, in a bid to avoid a ban by the global air transport group.
Air Zimbabwe suspended its services earlier this year amid crippling strikes by their staff and massive unpaid debts, which led to the seizure of an aircraft in London.The airline was also recently suspended from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) after failing to comply with global safety standards.
Air Zim was given until November 31st to comply with IATA’s international standards or face a ban from using international airports and airspaces in other countries.
In an apparent effort to beat this deadline, Air Zim is now making moves to get back into the sky. The state ZBC News reported that the airline has managed to acquire two airbus planes to service its regional and international route, and the flights are expected to resume soon.
The planes were delivered early this month. No details about how and where the cash strapped parastatal found the resources to acquire the planes have been availed. There is speculation that the Chiadzwa based Mbada diamond mining firm, which has its own aircraft, could be involved in assisting.