Speaking in London this week where she met the Zimbabwean diaspora community and foreign delegates during a tourism engagement event, Tourism Minister Prisca Mupfumira admitted that the Zanu-PF Government destroyed the national airline Air Zimbabwe.
She said her ministry is working on resuming Air Zimbabwe’s international flights to major tourism source markets. Said Mupfumira:
We are working on re-establishing Air Zimbabwe’s direct flights. I admit that we mis-managed our own airline. We destroyed it, it’s us who destroyed it and I’m taking ownership. So I’m saying infrastructure is a key issue for us to be able to get to our major source markets. For one to go to Spain, you have to go through Dubai and other areas making the total 24hrs. China is one of the biggest source markets in tourism, we used to have a direct flight that took only 12 hours but now it takes over 36 hours as you go through other countries. That is not acceptable.