Proflight Zambia is set to launch four new domestic routes in 2017, opening up new tourist destinations and improving connectivity for business travelers.
The country’s scheduled airline will relaunch its direct Ndola-Solwezi route in January, along with Ndola-Kasama flights. A Lusaka-Kalabo service will begin on March 15, 2017, and a direct Mfuwe-Lower Zambezi service between June 15 and October 31, next year.
The new routes are intended to help boost domestic and international tourism as well as provide additional convenience for business travellers.
“The newly-opened routes are gateways to the Western, Northern, Eastern and North-Western provinces for both business and leisure travellers in the country,” said Proflight director of government and industry affairs Captain Philip Lemba.
“These routes are ideal for accessing business investment, trade, tourism sites, and Zambia’s national parks in the upper Zambezi, Lower Zambezi, Mfuwe and surrounding areas.”
The Lusaka-Kalabo route will be operated on a twice-weekly basis on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, leaving Lusaka at 08:15hrs and arriving in Kalabo at 10:45hrs. The return flight leaves Kalabo at 11:05hrs, arriving in Lusaka at 12:15hrs.
The Ndola-Solwezi flight will depart Ndola at 08:30hrs on Tuesdays and Fridays, arriving Solwezi at 09:30hrs. On Thursdays, the flight will depart Ndola at 13:35hrs, arriving Solwezi at 14:35. The return flight departs Solwezi at 09:55hrs on Tuesdays and Fridays, arriving Ndola at 10:55hrs. On Thursdays, the flight will depart Solwezi at 15:00hrs arriving Ndola at 16:00.
Ndola-Kasama flights will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays, leaving Ndola at 12:45hrs and arriving in Kasama at 14:25. The return flight leaves Kasama on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:35 arriving Ndola at 12:15hrs.
“Connecting business travellers and tourists to the mining areas, business trade points, tourism attraction destinations and provincial district towns is a commitment the airline has made, in order to foster growth,” said Captain Lemba.
“The airline cannot create demand on its own, but goes where the demand is. We, as an airline, have done our analyses on the service routes and have seen the potential the routes can bring, in terms of tourism, passenger flows, revenue and business. We aim to make travelling more convenient for our customers, both local and international.”
The move by Proflight Zambia to open new service routes was commended by the Minister of Tourism and Arts Hon. Charles Banda at Proflight’s recent travel industry awards ceremony, where he said:
“We as government are delighted with Proflight Zambia for being a formidable local airline offering domestic and regional scheduled flights to both local and international travellers. The domestic flights have made it easier for tourists and business travellers to reach the far-flanged areas in Zambia.”
Proflight Zambia aims to increase business demand and improve customer convenience during the course of 2017.
The newly-opened routes will make travelling more efficient and faster for business and leisure travellers in Ndola, Solwezi, Kalabo, Kasama, Mfuwe, and Lower Zambezi, as they will no longer need to pass through the airline’s hub at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka.