airzim pilots on strike 08-09-10.jpgThe current strike by Air-Zimbabwe pilots has affected local entrepreneurs who say their business is being negatively affected as they are forced to use other airlines which are expensive.

Local entrepreneurs who are in the buying and selling trade have called upon Air Zimbabwe stakeholders to find an immediate and lasting solution that will see the national carrier return to its wings.

Mr. Charles Nyemba and Ms Definate Matsikiti who buy their wares in China said they have been hard hit by problems affecting Air Zimbabwe as they are now using other airlines which are expensive.

Air Zimbabwe’s Harare-Beijing flight costs around $1 100 while Ethiopian airways costs around US$1 400. Others have now resorted to go via South Africa a situation which is again expensive.

Meanwhile, Air Zimbabwe Board Chairman, Mr Jonathan Kadzura, said the strike is pulling down the airline as its local bill for cancelled flights is around US$115 000.

Some observers have queried the rationale behind paying such huge bills instead of the stakeholders dedicating all their energy and resources in resolving the problem. The pilots went on strike last week.

 

Friday the 29th of July and to date meetings between involving management and the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development have yielded no result.