Air Zimbabwe to rejoin IATA

By John Nhandara

THE country’s national flag carrier, Air Zimbabwe, is in the process of clearing its legacy debt to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to rejoin the global aviation group.

Funding to clear the outstanding debt that Air Zimbabwe owes the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has been secured and the national airline is now focusing on rejoining the global enabler in the aviation industry.

Rejoining IATA will enable the national airline to forge global aviation alliances and contribute to the international aviation distribution system.

The development was confirmed by Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Honourable Felix Mhona when he announced a substantive board for the country’s national airline.

“What we need to do is to clear our outstanding debt that is in our books and I am happy to say the funding has been secured, he said.”

The Board Chairperson Dr Silvanos Gwarinda gave an insight into the immediate task at hand to turnaround the fortunes of the country’s national flag carrier.

“Air Zimbabwe will have to aggressively pursue joint venture relationships with all key SADC airlines. This will promote trans border air travel by promoting by providing seamless flight connectivity via coordinated flight schedules,” said Gwarinda.

The new Air Zimbabwe Board takes over from an interim board led by Mr Andrew Bvumbe appointed in July last year.

The other board members are Ms Ruth Hungwe-Rukahwa, Mr Edmund Murambiwa Makona, Mr Lawrence Musendekwa, Mr Ticharwa Garabga and Ms Mucharemba Kahombe.