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Air Zimbabwe experiencing fiscal problems; government seeking new corporate partners VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (AFKI) — The Zimbabwe government will assume control of Air Zimbabwe to ensure that the national airline will be sound when it finds

Air Zimbabwe experiencing fiscal problems; government seeking new corporate partners

VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (AFKI) The Zimbabwe government will assume control of Air Zimbabwe to ensure that the national airline will be sound when it finds a strategic partner.

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The announcement came out at the conclusion of the International Air Transport Association conference held in Victoria Falls.

The government has already identified 12 foreign airlines that may be interested in partnering with Air Zimbabwe. The strategy will resuscitate the airline and enable it to penetrate new routes, a development expected to bring tourists into the country.

Photo: Air Zimbabwe

Photo: Air Zimbabwe

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joram Gumbo says his ministry has been given the nod by the cabinet to search for suitable partners and is already working on the terms of reference.

The Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry is working with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development to lure new foreign airlines into the country through various aviation and tourism platforms.

Air Zimbabwe currently operates six aircraft servicing domestic and two regional destinations Johannesburg, South Africa and Lusaka, Zambia.

A third regional destination to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania will be launched in June 2016.

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation contributed to this story.

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