CAAZ halts direct departure tax collections

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HARARE – The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) says it has stopped collecting departure tax directly from passengers flying the national carrier, Air Zimbabwe to allow smooth flow of business at airports.

The airports authority said it has also embarked on a drive to lure back airlines to fly into Zimbabwe.

“On the 1st of November 2014 it became necessary for the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) to institute the direct collection of the Passenger Service Charges (PSC) and the Aviation Infrastructure Development Fund (AIDEF) from all passengers departing on Air Zimbabwe flights.

“However, following wide consultations and in the spirit of “Ease of Doing Business”, the CAAZ is pleased to inform the travelling public that with effect from 1 February 2018, all Air Zimbabwe issued tickets will include the PSC and AIDEF and the codes CB and XI WI will appear on the ticket,” said CAAZ in a statement.

The CAAZ added “All Air Zimbabwe passengers who would have bought air tickets on and after 1 February 2018 will not be required to buy departure coupons from CAAZ.”

The country’s sole airline, Air-Zimbabwe had, off late, fallen on hard times owing to a number of issues such as being shunned by passengers due to its unreliability in servicing routes and depleted fleet because of the shortage of forex and an unsustainable wage-bill resulting in customers opting for low cost carriers such as Fast-Jet and Fly Africa.

CAAZ however said it is renovating the country’s airports in a bid to excite more airlines to fly into Zimbabwe.

“Another interesting development is that the CAAZ has embarked on a global drive to lure back airlines to Zimbabwe and is refurbishing airports infrastructure to meet current demands and standards,” said the authority. – New Ziana

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