Air Zim suspends all flights indefinitely

2012-02-24 11:56

Harare - Zimbabwe's national airline has suspended all its flights indefinitely, after the latest revival effort collapsed this week, the firm's chief executive said on Friday.

"I can confirm all flights are suspended. We are grounded indefinitely," Air Zimbabwe chief executive Innocent Mavhunga told AFP.

The airline had hoped to return to the skies to this week, after its pilots walked off the job last year, saying their wages had not been paid.

Air Zimbabwe had hoped to convince the pilots to return to work this week so that at least minimal service could be restored.

"Pilots did not come to commence operations. We are waiting for the government which is our major shareholder to intervene. Our issue is in the domain of cabinet. We are just waiting for their intervention," Mavhunga said.

The carrier has been rocked by problems in recent years including frequent strikes by its pilots and mounting debts as it struggles to maintain an ageing fleet.

One of its planes was impounded in London for more than two weeks last year over a $1.2m debt dispute with a US spares company, prompting the airline to suspend flights to neighbouring South Africa over another debt of $500 000 fearing creditors might impound more of its planes.

But even domestic flights have operated erratically, as the struggling carrier battles against debts reported in December at $140m.

  • Max - 2012-02-24 12:17

    You go Zimbos, you are almost free of the evel colonialism thing...almost back in the stone age.

      David - 2012-02-24 14:42

      Eish. It''s back to the donkey cart then! No petrol needed..LOL

      spartanx93 - 2012-02-24 19:32

      they are getting their "economic freedom"!

  • Aubrey - 2012-02-24 12:24

    Don't complain zimbos, you voted this government into power. Live with the consequences.

      mbongenia - 2012-02-24 14:55

      remember what Mbeki said about Zim (is not in crisis) and then later said he was misquoted??

      march54 - 2012-02-24 22:54

      Wrong,the elections are rigged by the ruling party. Majority of Zimbabweans voted against Bob.

  • Cracker - 2012-02-24 12:30

    Why fly if you can walk?

  • Joe - 2012-02-24 12:36

    I'll drink to that. Happy birthday, dicktator!

  • mholthuysen - 2012-02-24 12:47

    Another African "success story"!

  • Marc - 2012-02-24 12:58

    Well, ol' Bob claims to have beaten Christ. Let's see if he can beat this too!

  • Celtis - 2012-02-24 13:05

    A shining example what you can achieve if you put your mind to it. It took colonialism from 1960 to 1980 to get them in the air and it took freedom to get them back on the ground.

      Akal - 2012-02-24 13:08

      Looks like they a below ground level

      Dirk - 2012-02-24 13:19

      Brilliant Comment

  • comurray - 2012-02-24 17:06

    Velvet Sky have joined them as one big happy family.

  • Irene - 2012-02-24 21:37

    Bwahahahahahaha oh man this is funny. Eish, the evil west!! What a flipping joke these clowns are.

  • Boosunmedia - 2012-02-25 13:53

    At a time when the national airline is going bust, Robert Mugabe celebrates his birthday in grand style. My heart goes out to the Air Zimbabwe workers who will not have a job soon. If what is happening in Zimbabwe is freedom, l would rather be elsewhere and not enjoy that freedom, thanks.

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