Air Zimbabwe suspends UK flights, reportedly grounds fleet

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Air Zimbabwe has suspended flights to London Gatwick and has reportedly grounded its entire fleet as it battles with ongoing financial difficulties.

The carrier last month had one of its Boeing 767-200s impounded at London Gatwick Airport over an unpaid debt to Washington DC-based aircraft spare parts supplier American General Supplies.

The 767 was later released following payment of the $1.5 million debt.

However, a Gatwick spokeswoman said that Air Zimbabwe has not operated any flights into Gatwick since the aircraft was released, adding that the carrier "has put a halt on all flights to Britain".

According to local media reports, Air Zimbabwe has grounded its fleet over fears that its aircraft could face being impounded again over other unpaid debts. It is reported to hold outstanding debts of about $140 million.

The state-owned carrier has been struggling to cope with pressures brought about by political and economic turmoil in Zimbabwe.

Air Zimbabwe could not be reached for comment.