HomeLocal NewsAirZim pilots face bleak future

AirZim pilots face bleak future

Staff Writer

PILOTS and flight attendants of beleaguered national carrier Air Zimbabwe face a bleak future as they have gone for months without pay and cannot seek alternative employment because their licences expired in January when the airline stopped operating.The airline suspended all international and regional flights and is currently only servicing the Harare-Bulawayo-Victoria Falls route.
The Boeing 737 is only flying three hours a day, which is far less than the minimum 10 hours it must do to operate viably.
Disgruntled pilots and flight attendants say they last received full salaries in July last year, consequently they are finding it difficult to make ends meet.
“We last received payment in May and that was only a third of our normal salaries,” said a flight attendant. “Some of us are currently roaming the streets and that includes pilots.”
One pilot told the Zimbabwe Independent that lack of flying time in the 2012 calendar year has made it hard for them to look for employment elsewhere because flying hours are pre-requisites.
Air Zimbabwe marketing and public relations executive, Shingai Taruvinga, acknowledged the airline was not generating enough income to meet most of its obligations, including salaries.

Recent Posts

Stories you will enjoy

Recommended reading

You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

NewsDay Zimbabwe will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.