airzim.jpgAir Zimbabwe has secured funds for the release of its Boeing 727 airplane impounded at Gatwick Airport in London on Monday.

 

The aircraft was impounded by American General Supplies (AGS) over an unpaid $1.2 million debt, leaving passengers who were supposed to fly to Zimbabwe on Tuesday stranded.

 

In a telephone interview with ZBC News, Air Zimbabwe Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Innocent Mavhunga said the airliner has secured money from government which has been transferred to AGS via its lawyers.

 

“It takes time to transfer funds from one country to another, but we are hoping by today (Friday) AGS will have received the funds. I cannot say for sure when the plane will be released but we will be certain when the payment has arrived,” said Mr Mavhunga.

 

An Air Zimbabwe passenger stranded in London, Leigh Anne, described the situation on Wednesday as ridiculous highlighting that there are no Air Zimbabwe staff in the picture with passengers being given stretcher beds by the airport.

 

Economic observers have called on government to come up with a sustainable solution to solving the financial challenges at the national airliner as the flag carrier bears the country’s image.