Articles tagged 'aviation'

Fastjet on verge of collapse 29 June 2018 HARARE - Struggling low cost carrier Fastjet, which operates 92 flights per week in Zimbabwe, is on the verge of collapse and has sent an SOS for new funding from its major shareholders in a last ditch effort to save the company. This comes as the African budget airline's shares tumbled by 70 ...
FlyAfrica suspended 20 June 2018 HARARE - Budget airline FlyAfrica Zimbabwe (FlyAfrica) has grounded its fleet to facilitate recertification after the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz) suspended its operator's certificate. Last week, Caaz suspended FlyAfrica's Air Operator's Certificate before coming into agreement ...
'Mugabe's planes' torment minister 18 June 2018 HARARE - The long-drawn Zimbabwe Airways saga refuses to go away, with under-fire Transport minister Joram Gumbo now standing accused of shielding ousted former president Robert Mugabe's son-in-law, Simba Chikore, from incarceration — following claims that he recently kidnapped the new airline's ...
'Mugabe planes' torment minister 18 June 2018 HARARE - The long-drawn Zimbabwe Airways saga refuses to go away, with under-fire Transport minister Joram Gumbo now standing accused of shielding ousted former president Robert Mugabe's son-in-law, Simba Chikore, from incarceration — following claims that he recently kidnapped the new airline's ...
'Mugabe plane' chews $50k/week 27 April 2018 HARARE - Controversial new airline Zimbabwe Airways' recently received Boeing 777 has already cost hard-pressed taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars even as the wide-bodied aeroplane remains grounded at Robert Mugabe International Airport, the Daily News can report. Well-placed sources said ...
'Mugabe planes' torment minister Gumbo 17 April 2018 HARARE - Parliament is turning up the heat on beleaguered Transport minister Joram Gumbo, demanding that he provides convincing answers on all aspects of the controversial new airline, Zimbabwe Airways — said to have links with former president Robert Mugabe's family. This comes as the purchas...
'Zim Airways: Govt not telling the truth' 15 April 2018 HARARE – The government of Zimbabwe is not telling the nation the truth with regards to the purchase of new planes, analysts contend. Last week, a Zimbabwe Airways plane, registered as Z-RGM, arrived at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, the first of four B777s controversially pu...
Zim Airways saga deepens 12 April 2018 HARARE - In a dramatic development which further shines the spotlight on Zimbabwe Airways — an opaque new airline which was suspected to have close links with former president Robert Mugabe's family — the government said yesterday that it owned the controversial airline which has acquired  four w...
ED govt to seize 'Mugabe's planes' 11 April 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is moving to impound aeroplanes linked to deposed Robert Mugabe's famils, which stands accused of acquiring the aircraft through taxpayers' money. Mugabe's son-in-law Simba Chikore, who was briefly chief operating officer at struggling flag ca...
ED govt to seize Mugabe planes 11 April 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is moving to impound aeroplanes linked to deposed Robert Mugabe's famils, which stands accused of acquiring the aircraft through taxpayers' money. Read full story in today's paper. [Adz]
Caaz board incompetent - Parly 27 March 2018 HARARE - Parliament's Transport and Infrastructural Development portfolio committee has slammed the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz) board, saying it comprises people without aviation knowledge and experience. In a report on the Civil Aviation Amendment Bill, the committee's chairpe...
Broke AirZim nears collapse 26 March 2018 HARARE - So bad has the financial and operational rot ravaging Air Zimbabwe become, that the flag carrier can now barely manage to ferry its domestic and international passengers — who are increasingly enduring horrendous flight cancellations and reschedulings. And although Air Zim's fleet sup...
Broke Air Zim nears collapse 26 March 2018 HARARE - So bad has the financial and operational rot ravaging Air Zimbabwe become, that the flag carrier can now barely manage to ferry its domestic and international passengers — who are increasingly enduring horrendous flight cancellations and reschedulings. Read full story in today's paper...
AirZim delay leaves passengers stranded 22 March 2018 HARARE - Scores of travellers were left stranded at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport after an Air Zimbabwe flight destined for Johannesburg failed to take off yesterday morning. Air Zimbabwe's marketing and planning manager Runesu Kwaramba confirmed the development to the Dai...
Troubled AirZim seeks $190m 5 March 2018 HARARE - Beleaguered national flag carrier, Air Zimbabwe (AirZim), is pleading for a $190 million capital injection from its sole shareholder, government, to fund its revival. Saddled with a debt overhang of over $300 million, the State-run airline has an ambitious plan to acquire several plan...
AirZim needs strategic partners 30 December 2017 HARARE - After failing to secure partnerships with reputable airlines put off by the $300m-plus debt at the struggling Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) and concomitant critical monthly financial losses, it remains to be seen how quickly the anchor shareholders of the stuttering carrier — the government — wi...
AirZim revival dead in the water 27 December 2017 HARARE - Government's plans to revive flag carrier Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) are dead in the water for now after it failed to secure partnerships with reputable airlines that were put off by the massive debts at the struggling airline. At present government has no money to bail out the haemorrhagi...
Outrage over renaming airport after Mugabe 11 November 2017 HARARE - Opposition parties have reacted angrily to the renaming of Harare International Airport by government this week which honoured President Robert Mugabe by naming the airport after him in a process which gobbled $500 000. Mugabe is not the only leader in the world who has had an airport...
Low turnout at Mugabe airport renaming event 10 November 2017 HARARE - A strangely low turnout blighted yesterday's ceremony to celebrate the renaming of Harare International Airport after President Robert Mugabe, despite the high publicity leading up to the event. Usually, Mugabe's events attract bumper crowds comprising bussed unemployed youths and som...
Renaming airport after Mugabe gobbles $500K 9 November 2017 HARARE - The broke government has so far spent $500 000 funding the process of renaming Harare International Airport after President Robert Mugabe, the Daily News has learnt. The airport officially assumes its new identity — R G Mugabe International Airport — today. According to a written b...
Mugabe's plan to own airline slammed 30 October 2017 HARARE - Tendai Biti's opposition People's Democratic Party has said President Robert Mugabe's intention to be the first State president in the world to own an airline showed unbridled ambition and shocking greed. The airline, dubbed Zimbabwe Airways, was said to be purchasing condemned planes...
Govt gazettes sharp hike in airport tax 7 October 2017 HARARE - Government has gazetted the sharp hike in departure fees for air travellers using national carrier Air Zimbabwe. Statutory Instrument ( SI) 115/2017 gazetted last week legalises the doubling of departure fees – to $10 per person on domestic flights, and to $30 per person on internatio...
Fly Zim Airways recruits staff 27 September 2017 HARARE - Fly Zimbabwe Airways has started recruiting staff pending its launch. A newspaper advertisement which was published yesterday said Fly Zimbabwe Airways is seeking an unspecified number of flight attendants and cabin crew with minimum requirements of Advanced Level education; although ...
Harare airport renamed after Mugabe 20 September 2017 HARARE - With effect from November 9, the Harare International Airport will now be known as R. G Mugabe International Airport, after government agreed to rename it in honour of the long–serving Zimbabwe leader. Mugabe, 93, is the only leader Zimbabwe has ever known since gaining independence f...
Forex shortage grounds Rainbow Airlines 13 September 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's newest airline, Rainbow, has grounded its plane due to a scarcity of foreign currency and a deadly boardroom squabble. A Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe foreign currency priority list has made it difficult to get the US dollars needed to buy jet fuel, almost all of which is import...