October 25, 2019

Air Zim plane released

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Ndaka Majaka

ZIMBABWE’S flagship carrier, Air Zimbabwe, says its Boeing 767-200 that was grounded over debt by the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) has been cleared for take-off.

Air Zimbabwe spokesperson Tafadzwa Mazonde told ZTN that the airline’s only operational aircraft will fly out of OR Tambo International Airport tonight at 19:00hrs.

“We have been given clearance by ACSA to resume operations. We will fly out of OR Tambo tonight 1900,” Mazonde said in WhatsApp messages to ZTN.

This comes as the airline was in discussions for the plane’s release since Thursday.

On Tuesday, ACSA grounded the plane because the carrier owed ACSA payments for “landing, parking and passenger services for flights into Johannesburg.” Apart from this, Air Zimbabwe was suspended from using the airport due to its indebtedness.

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