air zimbabwe.pngThe national airline, Air Zimbabwe, has finally made its first flight after planes were grounded for close to two months due to the industrial action by the pilots.

The recommencement of flights by the national airline has been greatly welcomed by the local industry and passengers who prior to the resumption of flights called for the shareholder to move with speed in bringing sanity at the national flag carrier.

After a low passengers’ turn out led to the cancellation of flights on Friday, Air Zimbabwe marked its resumption of flights with a trip to Victoria Falls on Sunday morning.

The figures are however worrisome as only 12 passengers turned up for the Sunday flight.

The figures further dropped to 11 on Monday morning.

Air Zimbabwe board chairman, Mr. Jonathan Kadzura said while the resumption of flights is welcome, more needs to be done to restore passengers’ confidence given the current low bookings.

Last week government extended a US$ 2.9 million financial life-line to Air Zimbabwe to enable it to resume business.

The figure is however insignificant as it falls short of the airline’s monthly requirements estimated to be around US$6.5 million.

With the current low bookings, the airline is likely to operate at a loss.

As a result of the industrial action by the pilots, the airline which currently has five out of the eight airplanes in good shape was prejudiced of revenue amounting to US$6.8 million.