IATA suspends Air Zimbabwe

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HARARE, Zimbabwe — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has suspended Zimbabwe’s debt-ridden national carrier from all international financial and flight booking services.

The Associated Press reports that in a statement Sunday, the world aviation control body told travel agents to “immediately stop all ticketing and refund transactions” for Air Zimbabwe.

The airline still can fly using only its own facilities, but will suffer a sharp drop in bookings by passengers who are not Zimbabwean nationals.

Air Zimbabwe, already crippled by two pilots strikes in the past six months, owed IATA $280,000 in unpaid worldwide billing and ticketing fees.

According to AP, Air Zimbabwe said Sunday it has “already engaged IATA to negotiate a payment plan.”