19 September 2011

Air Zimbabwe resumed operations with limited services

update (28 Sept 2011): According to a news report on Bulawayo24.comAir Zimbabwe has resumed servicing its domestic, regional and international routes but the national airline will only be able to operate normal flight schedules by end of October 2011.

update (19 Sept 2011): Nehandaradio.com is quoting acting chief executive of Air Zimbabwe, Mr Innocent Mavhunga, saying "We have started operations but we have not yet started the physical flying because there are no passengers. It is obviously because of the fact that we announced the resumption at short notice and we were expecting it."
Flights on the Harare-Bulawayo and Harare-Victoria Falls routes were scheduled to resume (see below), but none of the five planes took off Friday (16 Sept 2011). Late Friday (16 Sept 2011), the Harare-Johannesburg flight, which was scheduled for Monday was deferred to Wednesday under unclear reasons.

Zimbabwe's flag carrier Air Zimbabwe is back in the air. Following the resolution of an industrial dispute with its pilots, the airline resumed flights on the 16 September 2011 on some routes:

  • Harare/Bulawayo/Harare – daily with effect from Friday, September 16, 2011.
  • Harare/Victoria Falls/Harare – 4 frequencies: - Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays with effect from Friday, 16 September 2011
  • Harare/Johannesburg/Harare – 6 frequencies:- Mondays & Wednesdays in the morning out of Harare and will day-stop in Johannesburg. Fridays and Sundays will have two flights daily i.e. in the mornings and evenings with effect from Monday, 19 September 2011.
  • Harare/Lusaka/Lubumbashi – Flights will operate on Fridays and Sundays only with effect from Friday, 23 September 2011.
  • Bulawayo/Johannesburg – Flights on this route will remain suspended.
  • Harare/London/Harare – Flights will operate on Sundays only out of Harare and Mondays only out of London with effect from Sunday, September 25, 2011.
  • Harare/London/Harare flights on Wednesdays out of Harare and Thursdays out of London will remain suspended.
  • Harare/Kuala Lumpur/Beijing – Flights will operate as normal on Fridays only with effect from Friday, 23 September 2011.

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