Zambian Airways has suspended all operations until further notice amid suggestion that it has been struggling with high fuel costs.

The Lusaka-based airline operated domestic Zambian services to Chipata, Kitwe, Livingstone, Mfuwe and Ndola, as well as on-demand regional and international charters.

Although Zambian Airways' headquarters could not immediately be reached for comment, a representative at the airline's Johannesburg office says: "All flights have been suspended until further notice."

Local media reports say the suspension has been driven by high fuel costs and debts, coupled with a need to restructure the airline's operations.

According to Flight's ACAS database, Zambian Airways' fleet consists of two Boeing 737-200s and two Raytheon Beechcraft 1900Ds.

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Source: Air Transport Intelligence news