Air Zimbabwe is the national airline of Zimbabwe and is based at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (Harare International Airport) (IATA: HRE).
The airline's full name is Air Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd, and currently operates mainly domestic and regional flights around Zimbabwe.
The airline was originally founded in 1967, where it was named Air Rhodesia Corporation and became Air Zimbabwe officially in the April of 1980. Following the renaming to its current form, the airline began increasing its international operations, including flights to London Gatwick (LGW). Following financial difficulties since 2004, the airline unfortunately ceased operations in February 2012, before temporarily restarting in November 2012 with limited routes.
Air Zimbabwe is a wholly government-owned entity and is a member of IATA (International Air Transport Association) and of the African Airlines Association since 1981.
The following table summarises the Air Zimbabwe fleet as of September 2019. Although it shows a total of 8 fleet, not all of them are currently operational and some are grounded.
Air Zimbabwe currently only flies to 5 destinations, summarised in the table below.
|Johannesburg, South Africa||O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)|
|Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe||Victoria Falls Airport (VFA)|
|Dar es Salam, Tanzania||Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)|
|Harare, Zimbabwe||Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE)|
|Bulawayo, Zimbabwe||Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport (BUQ)|
Historically, Air Zimbabwe has flown to destinations around the world. The table below shows all these destinations, which have now been terminated.
|Botswana||Gaborone||Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE)|
|China||Beijing||Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)|
|Cyprus||Larnaca||Larnaca International Airport (LCA)|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Kinshasa||N'djili Airport (FIH)|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Lubumbashi||Lubumbashi International Airport (FBM)|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Mbuji-Mayi||Mbuji Mayi Airport (MJM)|
|Eswatini||Manzini||Matsapha Airport (MTS)|
|Germany||Frankfurt||Frankfurt Airport (FRA)|
|Greece||Athens||Hellinikon International Airport (ATH)|
|Kenya||Nairobi||Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)|
|Malawi||Blantyre||Chileka International Airport (BLZ)|
|Malawi||Lilongwe||Lilongwe International Airport (LLW)|
|Mozambique||Maputo||Maputo International Airport (MPM)|
|Mauritius||Mauritius||Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU)|
|Malaysia||Kuala Lumpur||Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)|
|Namibia||Windhoek||Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH)|
|Singapore||Singapore||Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)|
|South Africa||Durban||Durban International Airport (DUR)|
|United Arab Emirates||Dubai||Dubai International Airport (DXB)|
|United Kingdom||London||London Gatwick Airport (LGW)|
|Zambia||Lusaka||Lusaka International Airport (LUN)|
|Zimbabwe||Chiredzi||Buffalo Range Airport (BFO)|
|Zimbabwe||Gweru||Gweru-Thornhill Air Base (GWE)|
|Zimbabwe||Hwange National Park||Hwange National Park Airport (HWN)|
|Zimbabwe||Kariba||Kariba Airport (KAB)|
|Zimbabwe||Masvingo||Masvingo Airport (MVZ)|
Passengers are each permitted one item of cabin baggage with them on their flight. The maximum weight of this is 8kg, and the dimensions of this item must not exceed 51 x 20 x 38cm.
In addition, passengers are also allowed one personal item each. This can be items such as coats, walking sticks, cameras, laptops or a ladies handbag.
For domestic flights, economy class passengers are permitted 20kg of free checked luggage, and passengers in business are permitted 30kg of checked luggage.
Between Harare and Johannesburg, passengers are permitted 40kg (2 x 20kg) in Economy and 50kg in Business Class (2 x 25kg).
Between Harare and Lusaka, passengers are permitted 20kg (2 x 10kg) in Economy and 30kg (2 x 15kg) in Business Class.
Between Bulawayo and Johannesburg, passengers are permitted 30kg (2 x 15kg) in Economy and 40kg (2 x 20kg) in Business Class.
Passengers are required to contact the airline within 72 hours of the flight departure to reconfirm their booking. This is an essential process as if the passenger fails to reconfirm, their flight reservation will be cancelled.
Online check-in is not yet available for Air Zimbabwe.
Passengers must check-in at the airport to obtain their boarding pass. Although the check-in opening and closing time will vary depending on the airport, it is vital that you get to the airport and check-in with enough time to avoid not being allowed to board the aircraft.
For domestic flights, you should aim to check-in at least 1.5 hours before your flight is due to depart.
For international flights, you should aim to check-in at least 2 hours before your flight is due to depart.
Air Zimbabwe’s hub is Harare International Airport. It is the largest airport in the country and serves as the base of Air Zimbabwe. The Airport is operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe.
Previously, the airport was a hub for Zimbabwe flyafrica.
Economy class for this airline is simple and basic, yet comfortable. Passenger will be greeted with friendly cabin staff who will help attend to you during your flight.
There is no premium economy onboard Air Zimbabwe flights.
Air Zimbabwe do not have a business class onboard their flights, but they do have a business fare which allows for a more premium experience. This includes increased baggage allowance, priority check-in and Business Class Lounge access at some airports.
There is currently no first class service onboard this airline. Upgrade to a business fare to a more premium experience.
Air Zimbabwe does not currently provide any in-flight entertainment onboard their flights.
There are some light snacks provided on shorter flights, or full hot meals provided on longer flights where time allows for it. Food is tasty and made with fresh ingredients for more enjoyment and flavour.
There is currently no WiFi provided onboard Air Zimbabwe flights.
Air Zimbabwe offers a frequent flyer called Rainbow Club Frequent Flyer Program to reward regular passengers. Benefits of the Rainbow Club include free travel awards, excess baggage allowance, free use of Business Class Lounges and express check-in.
There are three tiers of membership: Qualifier, Skyhigh and Premium.
Air Zimbabwe is currently not part of any airline alliances.
If you are travelling with children under 18 years old to South Africa, in addition to a valid passport you may require some additional documents. See this page for more information so that you are prepared completely for travel.
Zimbabwe Airways was a government-owned airline in Zimbabwe, but plans for the airline were dropped in 2018. Today, Air Zimbabwe operates the most extensive route network within Zimbabwe.
Please click on the logos below to find out more about airlines that fly similar routes to Air Zimbabwe:
4th November 2019
After a temporary grounding of planes last week by South African authorities, the national airline of Zimbabwe has resumed its flights to South Africa. This is after negotiations and clearance to take off.
25th October 2019
The only remaining operational aircraft of Air Zimbabwe was today impounded by authorities when landing in South Africa, due to unpaid debts. This has resulted in all remaining flights being cancelled whilst the airline moves to resolve the issue.