Topic: More trouble in Zimbabwe: national airline cancels all flights for lack of fuel
Babbler # 8986
posted 22 November 2005 03:57 PM
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's state-owned national airline has grounded its entire fleet after running out of fuel as the southern African country's economy continues to crumble, company officials said on Tuesday.
Critics blame President Robert Mugabe's controversial policies and government mismanagement for a long-running crisis that has left a once vibrant economy struggling with shortages of food, fuel, foreign currency and a decaying infrastructure.
A senior Air Zimbabwe official said on Tuesday the national passenger carrier was forced to ground all seven of its planes on Monday, and to cancel all its domestic and international flights "until further notice" due to fuel shortages.