The government will this month start clearing the US$10 million debt owed to creditors in London to pave way for the re- introduction of Air Zimbabwe’s Harare-London flight.
At least US$2.6 million should be paid as deposit for landing fees, fly over fees and other aviation services while the rest will be paid in monthly instalments until the debt is cleared.
The arrangements to commence the payments were made earlier this year when a team from the national airline was sent to London to negotiate a payment plan with the creditors.
Air Zimbabwe’s Harare-London flight was the most lucrative as it was the only airline that flew non-stop between the two cities after British Airways pulled out, but the national airline also suspended the flights in 2012.
The government is targeting bringing the airline to operate at full capacity ahead of the African Airlines Association annual conference to be held in November in Victoria Falls.
Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo says once the first instalment has been paid, Air Zimbabwe will announce the dates for the resumption of the Harare-London flight.
The national airline is in the process of resuscitating its fleet with one of the three Boeing 737-200 aircrafts having undergone a D-check.
Air Zimbabwe also requires an additional US$1.6 million to pay for one of the airbus A320 aircrafts that is undergoing a C-check at Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.