In what could be another setback for Zimbabwe’s struggling national airline, the Embassy of the United States of America in Zimbabwe has advised its workers that they are prohibited from flying Air Zimbabwe. This comes after the airline was barred from flying to the European Union due to safety concerns.
In a statement dated May 31, 2017, the Embassy said:
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U.S. Embassy Harare wishes to advise U.S. citizens that embassy personnel are prohibited from travel on Air Zimbabwe effective immediately,
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.
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