Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Zimbabwe airline plane temporarily hold over debt

Zimbabwe: Air Zimbabwe says some flights to South Africa won't take off because of a dispute over debts owed to ground handlers who temporarily hold an aircraft at Johannesburg's main airport.
Air Zimbabwe head Innocent Mavhunga on Tuesday described the incident at the Johannesburg airport as "another operational challenge."
Witnesses said a ground handling firm blocked the Boeing 737-500 aircraft with vehicles on Friday to demand unpaid debts of nearly $500,000. They said it took seven hours to take baggage to the terminal in private cars after many passengers walked across the airport.
Once-daily flights to Johannesburg are scheduled for Friday and Sunday
Long haul flights to Europe and Asia were canceled last week by shortages of gasoline.