Air Zimbabwe resumes S Africa flight after settling debt

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – South Africa has reinstated permission for Zimbabwe’s national airline to fly into Johannesburg after the company was banned from using South African airports over unpaid fees.

State-owned Air Zimbabwe’s only serviceable plane was stopped from leaving Johannesburg last week after failing to pay for airport services.

The dispute was resolved last Friday when the airline settled its debt, said South Africa’s airport management company on Monday.

“Air Zimbabwe was… able to re-commence operations from (Johannesburg’s) O R Tambo International Airport from October 25,” a spokesperson for Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) told AFP, adding that the company acknowledged “a receipt of a payment towards the amounts outstanding”.