Air Zimbabwe suspended operations on 02-Jul-2012 following the grounding of its single Boeing 737 for maintenance checks, according to a Radio VOP report. Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls services were resumed in May-2012 after their suspension in Feb-2012 due to debts and industrial action.
Air Zimbabwe suspends operations
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