Zambian Airways Pulls Out of Harare: the Least of Zimbabwe’s Problems

Via Online Travel Review, Zambian Airways will stop flying to Zimbabwe effective November 30. Among the causes cited is Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation.

British Airways, Swiss Air, Lufthansa, KLM, and Air France have also pulled out of Zimbabwe.

I wouldn’t go as far as Jared Blank in saying that the country is “nearly cut off from the outside world.” I’m no expert on intra-African travel, but a quick check of Amadeus (and many smaller African discount carriers may well not list their schedules in the GDSs) shows Air Botswana, Air Zimbabwe, South African, Comair, Normandie Aviation, Kenya Airways, and LAM still flying to Harare.

Air Zimbabwe even still flies twice a week to London-Gatwick despite previously having to cut its only profitable route out of fear that its Boeing 767-200 operating the route would be repossessed for nonpayment.

Inflation runs somewhere between 7000% and 25000% (the US Ambassador to Zimbabwe has predicted 1.5 million percent inflation, and the government has stopped publishing official inflation estimates). Unemployment is over 80%. 60% of the country’s wildlife has died since 2000. Over a quarter of the country’s population has fled.

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