Zimbabwe’s troubled national carrier announced on Friday it was suspending flights to South Africa over fears its planes may be seized by creditors.
Air Zimbabwe had a plane impounded in London this week by an American creditor over a long overdue US$2.2 million debt.
The government, which owns the airline, paid US$1.2 million on Wednesday to free the aircraft.
That prompted other creditors, particularly in South Africa, to warn the airline they were considering similar action over their debts as well.
“We are not flying into South Africa. We are trying to secure funding to pay our debts in South Africa,” Air Zimbabwe chief executive officer Innocent Mavhunga said.
The airline owes more than US$500,000 to a supplier in South Africa who has threatened to impound its planes