Contrary to media reports, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said Air Zimbabwe has not had its membership revoked and that it remains a member at the present time.
However, in order to retain IATA membership, Air Zimbabwe - like all other IATA member airlines - must submit to and pass a biennial IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). IOSA compliance is mandatory for IATA membership. Air Zimbabwe has a period of 90 days in which to renew its IOSA certification, after which, it will cease to be an IATA member.
"IATA remains committed to developing aviation on the African continent. Safety is a key component in ensuring Zimbabwe can benefit from all that safe skies can bring. IOSA certification has improved the hull loss rate significantly and is an important element for building safe, sustainable aviation in Africa. As always IATA is ready to assist Air Zimbabwe wherever possible in renewing its IOSA certification and continuing to benefit from the financial and other services IATA members participate in," said Mike Higgins, IATA Regional Vice President for Africa.