US embassy bans staff from using Air Zimbabwe

In a statement released on Wednesday, the US embassy told its staff to stop using Air Zimbabwe with immediate effect due to safety concerns.

Part of the statement reads:

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The European Union (EU) banned the state-owned airline from flying to Europe on May 16, 2017 because of safety concerns that include improper or overdue maintenance and lack of a computerized record-keeping system.

Safety concerns raised by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Embassy’s investigation dictate that travel on Air Zimbabwe be suspended until such time as the deficiencies are rectified.

U.S. Embassy Harare will lift the restriction when all issues have been verifiably addressed according to international standards.

The announcement by the US embassy comes after Air Zimbabwe was barred from Europe due to safety issues picked up during an operator audit by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).


Air Zimbabwe

Air Zimbabwe is the national airline of Zimbabwe. The airline has faced financial difficulties over the last decades owing to alleged mismanagement. In June 2017, the airline was rebranded to Zimbabwe Airways in an attempt to boost the national carrier’s fleet and increase its routes.... Read More About Air Zimbabwe

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