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New life for Air Zimbabwe. Image: Screengrab/Air Zimbabwe/Instagram

Air Zimbabwe: New life for African airline!

Zimbabwe’s national carrier may be set for a turnaround, with the appointment of an experienced aviation expert at the helm.

Air Zimbabwe flights

New life for Air Zimbabwe. Image: Screengrab/Air Zimbabwe/Instagram

Here is some good news coming out of Zimbabwe. Its national airline Air Zimbabwe is set for a turnaround, with the appointment of an aviation expert.

Air Zimbabwe is the state-owned airline of the Republic of Zimbabwe. The airline has been impacted by years of political and economic turmoil, experienced in the landlocked country.

However, a regeneration may be on the cards for the beleaguered airline. The appointment of an individual with a rich aviation background bodes well for the national carrier.


Air Zimbabwe’s board of directors has appointed aviation veteran Mr Edmund Makona as the airline’s new substantive chief executive officer. 

Makona brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the aviation arena. He took up his role at the beginning of this month.  

The board is keen on harnessing value from Makona’s expertise and experience. This would help to breathe life into Zimbabwe’s flag carrier.

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Makona is a regional and international aviation expert with nearly 4 decades’ experience. He has a wealth of knowledge, accumulated through consulting in the aviation sector. 

He also served as president and executive committee member of the African Airline Association. Furthermore, Makona is currently Southern Africa’s ambassador for the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).  This initiative works towards the liberalization of the African skies.      

Makona has experience in aeronautical engineering. He has also been a type-rated licensed aircraft engineer, an aviation quality, safety and security expert and a trainer for an aircraft engineers and pilots ground school, The Herald reports.


This appointment could be just what the airline needs. Makona’s expertise stands to benefit the airline which was once a reputable scheduled operator that carried a number of passengers in and out of destinations in Zimbabwe and beyond.

“We are confident that he will complement the Board’s vision to turn around the national carrier and reposition it to become a strategic, competitive and viable national airline for the country,” the board said, per The Herald.


From its hub at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, Air Zimbabwe operates a small route network. Its past route network included destinations within southern Africa, Asia and Europe.

After experiencing financial difficulties, Air Zimbabwe ceased operations in late February 2012.

Serving a reduced domestic network, the carrier resumed operations for a short period between May and early July 2012, when flights were again discontinued.

Some flights were restarted on a temporary basis in November that year. The airline resumed operating some domestic routes as well as daily service to Johannesburg in South Africa, in April 2013.

It now flies from Harare and Bulawayo to Victoria Falls, Dar Es Salaam and Johannesburg.

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