Thursday, April 25, 2013

■ ZIMBABWE: Government to open up airport services sector through proposed unbundling of CAAZ.

CAAZVarious airport services in Zimbabwe could soon be opened up to other players following reports from Harare that the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe is to be unbundled into two separate entities in line with the country's National Transport Policy.

Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe
Harare International Airport
Established in 1999 as a statutory body to replace the former Department of Civil Aviation, the CAAZ was mandated to operate on commercial principles while at the same time acting as a regulator. According to the National Transport Policy the restructuring is meant to remove this  conflict of interest and establish an effective safety and security oversight system.

Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development Minister Nicholas Goche said the unbundling is already at the Attorney General’s Office awaiting scrutiny:
These functions must be separated. We are looking at two entities. One of the entities will operate the airports and the other will regulate operations of CAAZ and other operators. The regulator must ensure the playing field is even. We foresee the entry of other operators,” he said.
Source [The Herald]

Currently groundhandling is limited to National Handling Services for both cargo and passenger operations as well as Aviation Ground Services (AGS) for cargo operations only. Catercraft is the country's sole provider of inflight catering and ancillary services.