Zimbabwean carrier, FlyAfrica is temporarily grounded while they transfer aircraft from an ACMI (temporary lease) to a permanent lease.

The airline told Tourism Update that contrary to local media reports, their AOC (air operator’s certificate) has not been revoked. “After consultations and guidance from Caaz (Civil Aviation Authority Zimbabwe), we took the decision to move the airlines operating aircraft leases from an ACMI (wet lease) arrangement to a permanent (dry lease) arrangement. This exercise should conclude soon and see us unreservedly return to the skies.”

FlyAfrica added that it had been granted the Bulawayo-Harare route and will finalize its schedule in the coming days.

An ACMI is an aircraft leasing arrangement exclusively used between two airlines whereby one airline (the lessor) provides an aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance (ACMI) to another airline (the lessee), which then pays for the hours operated.