The national flag career Air Zimbabwe’s passengers are reportedly stuck in Wuhan China weeks after they paid for their tickets as the national bird repairs its Boeing 767 which developed a fault mid-air a few weeks ago, The Zimbabwe Independent reports.
A source privy to the developments spoke to the publication and said:
After we paid for the airfares, we were told that the airline will ferry us home on 15 July. But, surprisingly, we were later told that the plane is having its engine serviced in Thailand.
We came from different cities and gathered here in Wuhan since July 8 where we are booked at a hotel. We are stuck here. We really need to go home.
When contacted for comment Air Zimbabwe spokesperson Firstme Vhitori credited the delay to logistical issues and said:
It is important to clarify that Air Zimbabwe is not booking any passenger flights due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. We are strictly operating only repatriation and cargo flights on behalf of charterers,
Dates of the charter in question will only be available once all logistical issues have been addressed. We do bear with the concerned charterer and all the passengers who have been affected by the Covid-19 restrictions on movement.
The Air Zimbabwe Boeing developed a fault on 1 July as it was leaving Thailanda headed for Islamabad.
More: The Zimbabwe Independent