Air Zimbabwe market shrinks


Itai Dzamara

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



, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Air Zimbabwe legal and corporate affairs manager, Arthur Manase, yesterday confirmed the national airline had leased the plane to Ghana Airways.


“We have leased the plane but it is not true that this was because of lack of business,” he said.


An official at Ghana Airways offices in Accra told the Zimbabwe Independent this week the Air Zimbabwe plane 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, highly-placed sources at Air Zimbabwe revealed this week 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 UK. Air Zimbabwe has only 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 set standards.


* Meanwhile, Air Zimbabwe has advertised the post of managing director. Rambai Chingwena who held the position resigned in June.

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