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About Air Zimbabwe
Air Zimbabwe is the national airline of Zimbabwe, and is based at the Harare International Airport.
Zimbabwe Air flies both regional services from Harare to Victoria Falls, Bulawayo, Johannesburg, Lusaka as well as long haul routes to London, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.
The Zimbabwean airlinE flies to many 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 down into the 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 IATA (International Air Transport Association) and of the African Airlines Association since 1981.
Air Zimbabwe's fleet consists of MA60, B737, B767 and A320.
About Air Zimbabwe Baggage
Economy Class - 20kg
Business Class - 30kg
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 is 8kg and each piece must not exceed dimensions of 51cm x 20cm x 28cm.
Passengers are 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.
Air Zimbabwe 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.
Air Zimbabwe News
11th April 2018
Zimbabwe Airlines Purchase Boeing planes
The Zimbabwean airline 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
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.
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