AirZim market share tumbles: ZTA

STATE-OWNED Air Zimbabwe’s market share for the period ending December 31, 2012 plunged to 0,8% from 27% in 2009 triggered by viability problems confronting the national carrier, a Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) report has shown.

Report by Bernard Mpofu

The airline has, however, embarked on a restructuring programme and is leasing planes for the flagship Harare-Johannesburg route.

The downward spiral came at a time when other airlines were feasting on Air Zimbabwe’s inability to service its routes with South African Airways increasing frequency into Zimbabwe.

“Air Zimbabwe dropped in its market share from 27% in 2009 to a mere 0,8% in 2012 and suspended its links to Asia and China in particular. Chinese arrivals have, as a result, been on a continual decline and currently take up a mere 14% of the Asian arrival market share,” ZTA said.

The ZTA, however, said the national carrier should consider flying to Israel in a bid to claw market share.

Germany, according to the ZTA, remained the biggest European market for Zimbabwe followed by UK and France.

According to ZTA’s tourism trend and statistics report, for the period under review tourism receipts recorded a significant growth despite the overall dismal performance in tourist arrivals. The year closed with the receipt figure registering a total of $749 million up from $662 million in 2011 (13% increase).

This increase, according to the tourism regulator, mainly pointed to high expenditure patterns by some of the traditional overseas markets as well as an injection from the domestic market owing to the economic stability currently prevailing in the country.

Average hotel room and bed occupancy level, the report further stated, remained inert at 52% and 37% in 2012. Lodges, however, performed well with the average room occupancy rising from 35% to 51% while average bed occupancy levels rose from 29% to 41%. Domestic tourists were the major clientele in the majority of lodges owing to affordable prices.

“Research has also revealed that the decline from the Chinese market is to an extent a result of the decrease in Chinese projects in Zimbabwe in 2012. Japan remains the biggest Asian market for Zimbabwe, taking up close to half of all the Asian arrivals in 2012,” the report said.

The United States remains Zimbabwe’s largest market in the Americas (85% market share) and increased by 4 percentage points during the period under review.

“Despite the introduction of Fly Emirates, which connects this region, arrivals from the Middle East fell by 55% during the review period. All middle East countries recorded decreases with Iran, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates recording the worst declines.

“The fall in Iranian arrivals may be attributed to the prevailing international sanctions which have been imposed over the recent years which have seen Iran’s economy contracting by 1% in 2012. This in turn impacts on the people’s propensity to travel,” the report said.

“Israel, which has been the leading positive performing Middle East market over the years also recorded a decline (37 %) although it maintained the highest market share of 75% in 2012. This market share is actually bigger compared to 53% in 2011, which still placed it as the biggest Middle East market for 2011. This continues to emphasise the fact that Israel is a potentially lucrative market which needs to be pursued seriously by Zimbabwe.”



  1. We need to consolidate from zero to hero. Its how air zim will come out of the ashes that matters. Given an opportunity Air Zim will rise above the crowd. COME ON AIR ZIM YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

  2. Please don’t waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without talking politics. See how this Zim poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accidented cars. Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) all together, to see the methods and companies she was using to do that. (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM), a very simple idea but a very powerful one, Wake up Africans

  3. is this what yo call a market share close to zero!!!!
    Bvumai kani kuti ZANU makundikana

  4. unfortunately it takes more than wishes to turn air zim around.

  5. Open up a Harare-Israel route? Oh hahahahahaha. Flying into the middle of a war zone makes about as much sense as the now-abandoned China route.

    In another newspaper I read that AirZim is trying to lease an A380… the biggest and most expensive plane flying which even most “real” airlines don’t have. More delusions of grandeur.

    Time to just shut the dying parastatal down, give it a decent funeral.

  6. As we have always said that ZANU PF have no clue on how to rescue our economy from bleeding to death. Obviously their priority is to continue ruling this country at the expense of progress. Can you Imagine that a poor country like Ethiopia has purchased 4 Dreamliners 787 luxury jets and they are conquering our air-space. A fish rots from the head and as such we don’t see anything good coming from the goons head-quartered at the shake-shake building. they are experts in destruction and murdering their defenseless citizens. Voting for you is a sheer waste of time.

  7. Rombo Koya Yzal Yob

    @Lazyboy you are quite correct in your very expert analysis. You are a very intelligent chap. Well done.


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