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Air Zimbabwe market shrinks

Air Zimbabwe has leased one of its two Boeing 767 aircraft to Ghana Airways after losing its market share to competitors.

An official at Ghana Airways offices in Accra said the Air Zimbabwe aircraft had been hired due to overwhelming bookings.

“We have been failing to cope with the bookings and therefore requested Air Zimbabwe for a plane. I am not sure whether the plane was not working at Air Zimbabwe,” said the official.

However, sources at Air Zimbabwe revealed that the national airline had lost nearly all the routes it used to ply to other airlines, especially South African Airways (SAA).

“SAA now flies to Victoria Falls twice a day from South Africa and at times flies from Harare to Victoria Falls,” said an industry source.

The source said there had been a drastic fall in the number of people travelling between Harare and the United Kingdom. Air Zimbabwe has four planes, and only three are functional, while one is grounded.

Air Zimbabwe was suspended from the International Air Travel Association earlier this year after failing to meet standards.

  • Meanwhile, Air Zimbabwe has advertised for a managing director after Rambai Chingwena resigned in June. – Zimbabwe Independent

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