Appearing before the Parliamentary Portfolio on Transport and Infrastructural Development, Air Zimbabwe chief executive officer Ripton Muzenda said that the Harare-Lusaka route is one of the routes that the national airline should be enjoying.
He said under the agreement with Emirates, the airline was supposed to carry passengers from Zimbabwe to Dubai not Harare to Lusaka. Said Muzenda:
Our opinion as Air Zimbabwe is that this works against our favour that Emirates is operating between Harare and Lusaka. It is not a fifth freedom because by definition a fifth freedom, Emirates has a right to come to Zimbabwe and take passengers anywhere in the world provided they take them first to Dubai. At present they are allowed to take passengers from Harare to Lusaka and terminating. So this extends to seventh freedom, which we are opposed to.
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