Air Zimbabwe takes off after debt paid

2011-12-26 17:10

Harare - An Air Zimbabwe plane impounded in London for more than two weeks over a debt dispute flew home on Sunday after the national carrier settled $1.2m owed to a US spares company, the airline's acting chief executive said.

"Yes, the plane arrived this morning from the UK and we are grateful," Innocent Mavhunga told AFP.

American General Supplies seized Air Zimbabwe's Boeing 767-200 at Gatwick over unpaid fees of $1.2m resulting in the airline cancelling the flight and reimbursing stranded passengers.

The airline has also suspended flights to neighbouring South Africa over a debt of $500 000 fearing creditors might impound more of its planes.

The airline, already struggling to pay its workforce and facing mounting fuel shortages, needs about $40m to clear some of its debts, Mavhunga said earlier this month.

The airline says its financial difficulties are a result of the international sanctions targeting Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's regime.

  • Swapie - 2011-12-26 18:31

    Let Mugabe and his wife settle the bills. A Christmas give to the people and nation...

  • Irene - 2011-12-26 18:37

    LOL! Yet again the destruction of ZimBOBwe is blamed on the evil West and sanctions. Look in the mirror you bunch of silverbacks - therein lies the answer.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-12-26 18:52

    What can they do right? - I used to prefer using Air Zim a few years we would be putting our lives at risk....the main problem would now be maintenance....scary!

  • Burtfred - 2011-12-26 19:41

    The inability to pay their bills is not "a result of the international sanctions targeting Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's regime". It is because Mugabe has raped the Zimbabwe economy and the average Zimbo is too bloody useless to do anything about it.

  • Karoo - 2011-12-27 06:37

    If Zim cannot pay for fuel how will they maintain the planes? I for one will never fly Air Zimbabwe

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