Zimbabwean-registered cargo airline Avient has filed a formal application for a Belgian air operator's certificate, which is set to be approved by the end of the year.
Avient says the move will not mark the end of its Zimbabwean registration. The airline was founded in Harare in 1993 offering air charter services to the African market.
Growth over the succeeding decade resulted in its setting up a European commercial arm in 2001, followed by the establishment of a base for European scheduled flights at Paris Vatry Airport. It left Vatry for Liege a year ago.
Avient managing director Andrew Smith says the Belgian AOC will enable the company to expand, consolidate its European presence and increase activities in both the Asian and South American markets.
"Being an integral part of Belgium and flying under a European registration will allow Avient to grow its route structure and market share, improve operating structures and take advantage of new opportunities," he says. Belgian operations will be managed by Avient chief operating officer Simon Clarke.