Air Namibia has reportedly cancelled flights to Zimbabwe after one of its aircraft was impounded by authorities in Harare last week.
This comes after reports that a Zimbabwean man, Chenjerai Mawumba is suing Air Namibia for $1m after airline officials allegedly barred him and his family from travelling to Turkey. The plane was impounded as a result of a pending court case. Harare High Court Judge Tawanda Chitapi authorised the sheriff of the court to attach Air Namibia’s property, including planes, pending the finalisation of the case. According to The Namibian, in a statement this week, Air Namibia spokesperson, Paul Nakawa, said flights to Zimbabwe would be cancelled pending the finalisation of the matter. Said Nakawa:
The airline has resolved to divert the current flights between Hosea Kutako International Airport and Victoria Falls to Livingstone, Zambia, for the period 6 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. We trust that Air Namibia can count on the continued support of its passengers, and we continue to strive for the most professional and pleasant experience for our passengers.
Nakawa said Mawumba’s family was traveling with visas obtained from the Turkish consulate in Harare. The family failed the security test, and were denied boarding to fly to Frankfurt, and subsequently sued Air Namibia.
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