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Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Jumping off the titanic, 2nd Edition...

Zambian Airways has joined a number of international airlines that have pulled out of the Zimbabwe route such as British Airways, Swiss Air, Lufthansa, KLM, and Air France.

Zambia Airways regrets to advise the general public that it will be suspending its daily services between Lusaka and Harare from December 1, 2007 because of continuing operational challenges on the route caused by high fuel costs and extreme currency fluctuations in Zimbabwe,” Nchito said in a statement. “This is a commercial decision that we have taken after reviewing the performance of the Lusaka-Harare route for some months. Regrettably, we see no prospect of improvement in the immediate future, and we have been forced to act
this way.”
It appears that the withdraw of international airlines has not made operations on the Zimbabwe more attractive for regional airlines. In short, there's no "vacuum" to fill - Zimbabwe is now unattractive as a destination, period.

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