An Air Zimbabwe flight set to depart the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for Harare yesterday at 18.55hrs departed five hours earlier, leaving hordes of passengers stranded.
The struggling airline, running on a single Boeing 767-200 jet, has disappointed its passengers again.
The national airline did not inform its passengers that it would depart at 13.50 hrs, nor did it explain the reasons for the sudden change of schedule.
One of the passengers left stranded, former Harare West legislator Jessie F. Majome, was left fuming over the inconvenience.
“The return journey the flight set for 6.55pm (ticket bought 2 weeks back), but suddenly changed to 1.15pm, with no explanation.
“The plane then left at 1.50pm. Imagine the inconvenience?” she fumed.
Majome added that it takes “a lot of craziness” for one to fly the national airline given the amount of bungling it has shown of late.
This is not the first time Air Zimbabwe has stunned its passengers by departing way too early without prior communication.
In the first week of March this year, Air Zimbabwe passengers going for an 18:55 hrs flight from OR Tambo in Johannesburg to Harare were shocked when they got there and were told the plane left at 14:31 hrs.
The passengers were left stranded as the national airliner did not notify them in advance to explain why the departure time had been changed.
A few days later, the airline abandoned 15 passengers at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport who were supposed to go to Bulawayo.
The passengers were supposed to fly from Johannesburg to Bulawayo at midday.
However, Air Zimbabwe bunched these passengers with those flying to Harare on the evening flight and dropped them off at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.