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Date published 21.08.2017

FLIGHTS between Johannesburg and Harare were disrupted over the weekend, inconveniencing dozens of passengers, when an Air Zimbabwe flight from Johannesburg last Friday evening was refused permission to depart when the crew were unable to produce the required international operating licence, which is mandatory to carry onboard the aircraft under South African and International Civil Aviation Organisation regulations.

In a tit-for-tat, South African Airways flights in both directions were cancelled on Saturday when permission to take off or land in Harare was refused by Zimbabwean authorities.

The moves raised tensions between South Africa and Zimbabwe, following an investigation into an alleged assault by Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace on a woman in a Johannesburg hotel.

Efforts to resolve the flight impasse resulted in the resumption of services yesterday (Sunday).

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