Zimbabwe’s Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Dr Joram Gumbo, has called the European Commission’s ban on Air Zimbabwe from entering EU skies a “non-issue”, adding that the airline isn’t actually banned.

This comes after the EC released a statement saying that the airline had been banned from EU skies due to several unstated safety concerns.

The Minister has since said in a statement to The Herald that the airline would continue to operate on various (unspecified) European routes, saying that only two of its long-haul Boeing 767 aircraft were banned as they didn’t comply with several new conditions mandated by the EU.

“The airline has not been banned from flying into Europe. If we correct that, the ban the two planes will be lifted,” said the Minister.

The issues concern the computerisation of Air Zimbabwe’s maintenance systems (the airline is currently operating on a manual basis), and improvements to the radar system, which is currently down. The issues are set to be corrected by November, shortly before the airline starts its Harare-London operations.