FLY Africa, one of Zimbabwe’s privately-owned low-cost airlines, has reportedly been forced to surrender its operating licence to the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) after failing to meet some of its statutory obligations.
The airline is also said to have been rocked by endless boardroom squabbles and shareholding disputes among its local and foreign shareholders.
Transport minister, Joram Gumbo confirmed the development yesterday.
“After surrendering the licence and failure to meet the regulatory requirements, the airline’s operations have been suspended,” he said, adding the airline was not remitting passenger service charges to CAAZ.
Sources said on Tuesday, CAAZ officials ordered some passengers to disembark from the plane at Harare International Airport after the airline went ahead and booked them soon after surrendering its operating licence.
The airline started operating in August 2014 with its first aircraft servicing the Victoria Falls-Johannesburg route.