flyafrica.com has allegedly unearthed serious fraud and theft charges totalling in excess of $140,000 USD against a family member of its local partner in flyafrica Zimbabwe.
The airliner’s Chief Executive Officer Adrian Hamilton-Manns made the revelations through a statement on flyafrica.com website indicating that it has also suspended the Zimbabwe partner within the airline for breach of Directoral and Fiduciary duties and anticipated further charges on the culprits.
“In retaliation the Zimbabwe partner illegally and unilaterally attempted to surrender our Air Operator Certificate to the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ). This raised concerns within CAAZ about the relationship between flyafrica.com and the local partner,” said Hamilton-Manns.
“We are seeking a swift solution to this and will be exploring all options as this action by our Zimbabwean partner is illegal and solely designed to damage our brand by attempting to inconvenience the travel plans of our loyal customers. We strongly believe that passengers should not be used as a pressure point in a shareholder dispute.”
Hamilton-Manns stated that it anticipate that the temporary flight ban will be lifted shortly.
“In the interim we have sourced an alternative aircraft from one of our other partners; some operations restarted on 28 October and we anticipate normal operations from midday today, ( 29 October),”Hamilton-Manns said.
“This conflict is deeply troubling to us, however, we cannot allow theft on such a large scale to go unresponded. Our commitment to flyafrica.com is absolute and our shareholders are backing us. This issue impacts flyafrica Zimbabwe – not the overall flyafrica.com operations.”
He said he asked for the patience and understanding of their customers over the next 24 hrs while we deal with this.
“Sales for all flights until Friday 30 October have ceased and any passenger that we cannot get to their destination will be offered a full refund,” he said.