No passengers for Airzim


Air Zimbabwe on Friday failed to resume its flights as no passengers turned up to board flights of the now hugely unreliable national airline.

Two internal flights — Harare–Bulawayo and Harare–Victoria Falls — had been scheduled to kick-start the long-awaited resumption.

The national airliner’s acting chief executive officer Innocent Mavhunga confirmed the development on Friday, attributing it to short notice given to passengers.

“We did not fly today (Friday) because there were no passengers which was because of the short notice,” said Mavhunga.

“We had about three to four passengers who had booked yesterday (Thursday), but no passengers turned up so we could not fly. We are hoping that the situation will normalise as we go hoping that we will be able to fly tomorrow (Saturday).”

Air Zimbabwe grounded all their planes on July 29 following a strike action by pilots who were demanding their outstanding two months’ salaries.

On Wednesday, they reportedly received $2,8 million from government. Earlier this month, the embattled airline had received another $2,9 million which was, however, not enough to ensure resumption of flights.

Sources told NewsDay that about $1,3 million was likely to be gobbled by salaries.