Air Zimbabwe planes which were expected to resume flights this Friday having been grounded for over a month due to a lengthy industrial action by pilots, remained grounded as passengers failed to turn up for the scheduled domestic flights.The national flag carrier, Air Zimbabwe, which announced the return to normalcy following weeks of inactivity failed to generate business as the few booked passengers failed to turn up for the scheduled trips.
Three passengers who had booked for the Victoria Falls trip did not turn up at the Harare International Airport for the flight while the Bulawayo trip was also aborted for the same reason.
Air Zimbabwe Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Innocent Mavhunga attributed the low activity to the short notice given to passengers but however remained optimistic that business will improve during the forthcoming week.
An undisclosed financial lifeline is understood to have been extended to Air Zimbabwe by government.
Mr. Mavhunga could not shed more light regarding mechanism put in place to sustain operations and avoid similar disruptions in the future.
Meanwhile, out of the eight flights with the airline, only five are flying.
Planes with the airline were grounded since July 29 as a result of the industrial action by pilots.
The industrial action cost Air Zimbabwe US$6.8 million in revenue.