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Zim’s struggling airline says it’s not losing money

The airline flew just one passenger from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls on 15 July.

FILE: Chess player Nigel Short was the only passenger aboard the Air Zimbabwe 737 from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls on 15 July. Picture: Facebook.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's struggling national airline is in the news again, after it flew just one passenger on board a Boeing 737 from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls.

Air Zimbabwe is struggling to clear massive debts while facing stiff competition from regional and low cost airlines.

The passenger was Nigel Short, a famous English chess player.

Short told his 14000 followers on Twitter that he was the only passenger aboard the Air Zimbabwe flight to Victoria Falls last Wednesday.

The company is battling financial debts of close to US$300 million.

Spokesperson Emma Benhura has however argued that last Wednesday's Victoria Falls flight was rescheduled, and that some booked passengers had opted out.

In 2013 media reports revealed an aggressive overhaul in the company's operations when ticket sales dropped.

It is believed passengers abandoned the airline because of the country's 2008 economic crisis.