Friday, February 24, 2012

Traveler's Update: Air Zimbabwe Suspends All Flights Indefinitely

Although it does not come as a huge surprise, Air Zimbabwe has suspended its entire air fleet indefinitely, after the latest revival effort collapsed this week.

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.

The carrier has been hit by a series of setbacks in recent years, including frequent strikes by its pilots and mounting debts as it has attempted to keep its aging (and increasingly unsafe) fleet in the air.

COMMENT: One of the carrier's airliners was impounded in London for more than two weeks last year over a US$1.2 million debt dispute with a US spares company, prompting the airline to suspend flights to South Africa over another debt of US$500,000, fearing creditors might impound other aircraft.

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