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Air Zimbabwe is the flag carrier of Zimbabwe, headquartered at the Harare International Airport.


The airlines flies both regional services from its home in Harare to Victoria Falls, Bulawayo, Johannesburg, Lusaka as well as its prestigious long haul routes to London, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.


Air Zimbabwe has flights to many great places in Africa and one of "the must-see" is Victoria Falls. This is the greatest tourist attraction in Zimbabwe and the falls are massive at over 1.7km wide and the waters drop over a 100m crashing down into the majestic Zambezi Gorge.


Victoria Falls Airport is situated almost 20km south of the town of Victoria Falls and as well as the regular Air Zimbabwe flights, British Airways franchise carrier, Comair, South African Airways and Air Namibia all operate flights to the airport.


Air Zimbabwe is a wholly government owned entity, and is a member of International Air Transport Association, and of the African Airlines Association since 1981.


Air Zimbabwe's fleet consists of MA60, B737, B767 and A320.





Domestic routes: Air Zimbabwe entitles its passengers to 20kg in Economy and 30kg in Business Class.

Regional routes: Between Harare / Johannesburg and Harare 40kg in Economy and 50kg in Business Class.

Harare to Lusaka route passengers in Economy are entitled to 20kg in Economy and 30kg in Business Class.


The maximum weight of cabin baggage is 8kg and each piece must not exceed dimensions of 51cm x 20cm x 28cm. One is allowed 15kgs of sporting equipment: For example, golf bags over and above the allowed check-in weight.


Other items normally carried in cabin baggage, such as books, medicines in non-liquid form, keys and travel documents, may be carried in the cabin bag, as long as they fit into a bag no larger than 51cm x 20cm x 38cm.



Frequent Flyer Program


Air Zimbabwe offers a frequent flyer called Rainbow Club Frequent Flyer Program to reward regular passengers.

There are three tiers of membership:





Benefits of the Rainbow Club Frequent Flyer Program includes Free Travel Awards, Excess Baggage allowance, Free use of Business Class Lounges and Express Check-in.




11th April 2018

Air Zimbabwe buys Boeing planes

Zimbabwe has bought two Boeing 777 aircraft and an Embraer plane from Malaysia, the finance minister has declared. Apparently, the planes are to be leased to a new local airline until national carrier Air Zimbabwe returns to profitability. Patrick Chinamasa said Harare had agreed with an unidentified Malaysian firm to buy four Boeing 777 planes for $70 million but had so far paid for two. The new planes are owned by a state-owned special purpose vehicle called Zimbabwe Aviation Leasing Company. The new local carrier is called Zimbabwe Airways and is speculated to be a better alternative than to contnue suporting the loss-making Air Zimbabwe, referring to it as a "bottomless pitt"


15th March 2018

Govt to restructure Air Zimbabwe

Air Zimbabwe is set to be restructured amid concerns that the national carrier was bleeding State coffers through loans and subsidies, with no hope of resuscitation, Transport and Infrastructural Development minister, Jorum Gumbo has said.

Gumbo said discussions were underway to restructure Air Zimbabwe and management has been warned to shape up or ship out. "If it means starting afresh, let it be, we can't have such a work culture at Air Zimbabwe and hope that the airline can run again. We are working to ensure that we restructure, reorganise Air Zimbabwe. I can't say much at the moment," he said.

According to the progress report of the ministry's 100 days target, Gumbo said $1,5 million was required for re-aligning staff and re-organisation of the State entity, which has a debt of over $370 million.

"Its books are just bad. The management needs to up the game but it is now difficult. We can't continue to pump resources into a bottomless pit. Something has to be done," Gumbo said.

Air Zimbabwe has two planes running and it has been stopped from hiring planes from outside, resulting in some flights being rescheduled.

AirZim, which at Independence in 1980 boasted of a fleet of 18 planes, is technically insolvent and operating at less than a third of that capacity.

The airline is reeling under a debt in excess of $330 million that has hampered efforts to engage strategic partners in a bid to retain and grow market share.

Gumbo, in his report, for the 100 days target, which his ministry undertook since the ascendency of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in November, list the commencement of works on the dualisation of Harare-Beitbridge road as a priority among other key projects.

On the dualisation project, the minister stated that the contractors were already in the country to commence works and part of the equipment has already been assembled for dispatch from South Africa.

"The contractors arrived in the country last Thursday and now what is left is for equipment, which is being assembled in South Africa to arrive probably next week," Gumbo said.

He also stated that talks were underway for the Harare-Chirundu Road dualisation programme although he complained that the process had taken too long.

Other projects that were initiated in the 100 days of the new government, Gumbo said, include the dualisation of the Norton town to Norton tollgate road at the cost of $10 million.

The Transport ministry has also begun a feasibility study on the dualisation of Harare-Nyamapanda Road with a final report expected in July 2018.

The feasibility study, according to Gumbo, was expected to cost, $1,1 million and treasury was funding the process.



19th February 2018

New Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe overwhelmed by Visitors

The recently-commissioned $150 million Victoria Falls International Airport has insufficient capacity to meet burgeoning air traffic demands, spurring a problem of congestion and delays.

As traffic continues to grow with airlines jostling to introduce direct flights to Victoria Falls, the problem is worsening.

This issue has become a major concern of airport authorities and innovative means of accommodating the ever increasing airline traffic are being sought.

Zimbabwe Immigration Department principal director Clemence Masango said immigration officials were having a torrid time containing traffic as the airport’s arrivals section was too small to contain the deluge of visitors.

The airport was refurbished at a cost of $150 million. The airport’s expansion began in February 2013 and was carried out by a Chinese firm China Jiangsu International Group through a concessionary loan by the China Export and Import Bank. It was commissioned in November 2016.

It had been expected to smoothly handle around 1, 5 million passengers annually up from 500 000, but is now struggling to contain the huge volume of traffic.

This comes after BAComair is now operating larger aircraft on the Joburg-Vic Falls route, and over the coming months will be offering double daily flights on several days of the week.

The BAComair daily schedule is operated by a B737-800 aircraft, which accommodates 162 passengers in a business and economy configuration. The airline is also licensed to operate these three additional services per week year-round as required, should there be demand.

South African Airways is operating an Airbus A330-200 with 222 seats, which is 88 seats more than their previous aircraft capacity.

In addition, Victoria Falls has new airlines servicing the destination, namely Ethiopian Airways and Kenya Airways, linking Victoria Falls to North and East Africa. Both airlines have their own hubs and networks for better connections and packaging.

Kenya Airways fly on from Victoria Falls to Cape Town, creating a much-needed route linking the three iconic African destinations of Cape Town, Victoria Falls and Kilimanjaro.
The latest arrivals into Victoria Falls Airport are SA Airlink, offering the Cape Town to Victoria Falls route six days a week, and Fastjet, which has now added Johannesburg to Victoria Falls three times a week to their schedule.

In the domestic air space, Air Zimbabwe and Fastjet are now both operating 7 days a week, which has been a boost for domestic tourism.

As a result, tourism players had raised complaints about the airport capacity chaos at a tourism briefing last Friday.

“We are aware of this complaint. We are doing our best with what is there,” Masango said, adding he had engaged the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe to find a solution.

“I want to point out that although that airport is new, the plan was not drawn yesterday. The plan was done many years ago and when it was developed, I think close to 20 years later, many things were not right.

“That arrival hall, many of you travel around the world, that arrival hall is far from being an arrival hall. In other airports, it’s just a lounge. It cannot take more than 600 passengers.

“And that’s the nature of the volumes we deal with. Three planes if they come fully loaded carrying on average 200 passengers, that’s 600, we can’t sustain. And that’s why you see some passengers spilling onto the tarmac. Then any inconvenience experienced by travellers is naturally directed at immigration.”

Amid the airport chaos, hotel operators in Victoria Falls are reporting better-than-expected profits and raising their earnings forecast for the year, helped by a boost in business travel following the commissioned $150 million international airport.

Victoria Falls hotels’ occupancy levels are ranging in the “high nineties” (90 percent) since government commissioned the $150 million international airport. Apart from the falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya or “Smoke That Thunders”, Zimbabwe can offer safari hunting, some of Africa’s largest game reserves, scenic resorts and the ancient Great Zimbabwe ruins, one of the most important archeological sites on the continent.

New businesses are opening across the industry in the region, with new lodges, hotel rooms, restaurants, bars, and new activities, all of which combine to enhance the draw of the destination, which is a hub for Hwange, Matobo Hills, the rest of Zimbabwe and the Kaza (Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area) region.

Kaza, which is made up of five southern African countries, boasts some of the most pristine and diverse wildlife areas left on the planet.


21st November 2017

Air Zimbabwe seeks EU certification

AIR Zimbabwe says it is working towards addressing certification issues with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) with the aim of resuming flights into the European Union.
Air Zimbabwe stopped flights to London in 2012 and has, together with four other airlines, been blacklisted by the EU after failing to address safety concerns raised by the EASA audits. Other airlines that were affected by the EASA decision include Nigeria, Ukraine, St Vincent and Grenadines. 

An Air Zimbabwe official, Mr Tapuwa Zuze, told delegates during a strategic planning workshop in Bulawayo last week that by 30 April next year, the airline would have addressed the concerns raised by EASA.







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Harare International Airport

HUB Airport


Air Zimbabwe’s hub is Harare International Airport. It is the largest airport in the country and serves as the base of Air Zimbabwe. The Airport is operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe.

The airport has one runaway and airlines which use Harare International Airport include Air Botswana, Air Namibia, EgyptAir, Malawian Airlines and South African Airways. 






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Air Zimbabwe secured a business partner to finance and help it return to viability. Air Zimbabwe, the troubled national carrier of Zimbabwe, is in talks with an un-named Malaysian airline over plans to lease a Boeing 787 jet as it plans to acquire long-haul aircrafts and match competition from more established airlines, at the continental and global routes. The loss-ridden airline is also targeting new routes including China, Malaysia and Singapore that are currently dominated by Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines, among other carriers. 

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Flying to Harare ? Why not try Air Zimbabwe ?

Air Zimbabwe is still a great airline, despite encountering almost insurmountable problems over the last decade. The flag carrier of a proud South African nation, Air Zimbabwe flies both regional services from its home in Harare to Victoria Falls, Bulawayo, Johannesburg, Lusaka and Lubumbashi as well as its prestigious long haul routes to London (Gatwick), Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. Formed in 1946, when the African continent was a very different place to that which it is today, Air Zimbabwe has a fleet of two B767s, three B737s and three MA60, which joined the fleet in May 2005. The aircraft which are currently used on the regional routes, following a dispute with an airline which was leasing Boeing 737's to Air Zim are the Chinese built MA60's. Rarely seen in western skies the presence of these approximately 40 seater, turbo prop aircraft are indicative of the growing chinese influence in Southern Africa. Air Zimbabwe has some problem with its sales of tickets through travel agencies having fallen out with the all powerful IATA, however Alternative Airlines has maintained a strong link with the throughout its troubles and we are able to continue to ticket passengers who wish to fly on Air Zimbabwe's services.

Where do Air Zimbabwe fly ?

Air Zimbabwe has flights to many great places in Africa and one of "the must-see" is Victoria Falls. This is the greatest tourist attraction in Zimbabwe and whilst the world's largest can be explored from the Zambian side there is no doubt that the best experience is from the Zimbabwean side. The falls are massive at over 1.7km wide and the waters drop over a 100m crashing down into the majestic Zambezi Gorge. Victoria FAlls Airport is situated almost 20km south of the town of Victoria Falls and as well as the regular Air Zimbabwe flights, British Airways franchise carrier, Comair, South African Airways and Air Namibia all operate flights to the airport.

Air Zimbabwe flies also to Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo. Once the proud hub of Southern Africa's British built railway system, Bulawayo is still a regional commercial centre and serves as a jumping off point for visitors exploring both the Hwange and the Matopo National Parks. Hwange has an amazing concentration of wildlife incuding warthog, crocodile, hippo, or even elephant, buffalo and lion. . Matobo National Park is the famous for the opportunity to see white well as hundreds of amazing caves and rock paintings.

Why Fly with Air Zimbabwe ?

We are not pretending that Air Zimbabwe is the best airline in the world, or even amongst the best in Africa, but it is still flying ! Zimbabwe as a country is slowly becoming a country which experienced tourists are beginning to visit as the fragile political situation stabilises and the economic recovery following the adoption of the dollar as currency allows some semblance of normal business trading. Alternative Airlines is based bear London Gatwick Airport and we see the Boeing 767 of Air Zimbabwe in its striking striped colours regularly fly over head and land here bringing Zimbabweans to London and returning UK business men home. Like any airline which is suffering difficulties ticket prices are currently low and we are able to offer great deals on both local and international flights.

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