AirlinesZambia Airline announces debut to South Africa in September

Zambia Airline announces debut to South Africa in September

Zambia airlines will begin operating flights to South Africa from September 30 starting with domestic and regional routes.

Board chairperson Bonaventure Mutale said during a news conference that the new national carrier would commence operations on domestic routes to Livingstone, Ndola, and Solwezi.

On regional routes, the airlines will go to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo and Zimbabwe’s Harare International airport.

According to ch-aviation, the new Zambia Airline is a joint venture established in August 2018 between the Industrial Development Corporation Limited and Ethiopian Airlines.

Mutale said the shareholders had contributed USD30 million in capital towards the establishment of the airline.

The airline was initially to be launched on October 24, 2018, but its debut was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mutale said the new flag carrier expected an uptick in domestic and regional travel with increasing vaccinations against Covid-19 in the region.

“The airline would also leverage on the modern infrastructure at the new Ndola airport and the newly-constructed Terminal Two at Lusaka,” he said.

However, the airline will not be without competition.

Two other airlines operate a similar domestic network as the newcomer, Mahogany Air and Proflight Zambia.

Zambia has not had a flag carrier since 2009. Since then, the aviation market has seen three startup airlines that have met some of the demand.

Teresa Awuor
Teresa is a vibrant ready to go journalist with a bias in human interest stories.

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