Air Zim settles AGS debt

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The Air Zimbabwe aircraft, impounded in London last week, is now expected home on Friday after the company’s creditors confirmed receiving the
$1,2 million owed by the national airline, yesterday.

American General Supplies (AGS) impounded Air Zimbabwe’s Boeing 767-200ER at Gatwick International Airport last Monday over the debt, forcing the airline to cancel its London flights.

Acting Air Zimbabwe CEO Innocent Mavhunga said AGS had confirmed receipt of the money and were now making arrangements for the aircraft to fly to Zimbabwe.

“They have received the money, so we are now just waiting for the flight to be cleared anytime and for it to be here on Friday,” said Mavhunga.

AGS supplies the national airline with spares.

Mavhunga, however, allayed fears the aircraft had developed technical problems which might delay its return: “Yes, there was a minor issue which needed to be dealt with and that has been done. All we are waiting for is the flight to be cleared,” he added.

Following impounding of the plane, some passengers had to be rerouted, others reimbursed and many more, booked into hotels.

However, reports on Monday said passengers booked in hotels were evicted due to non-payment of accommodation bills by the troubled airline.

Mavhunga dismissed the allegations as untrue.