Lusaka-Dar flight route to increase competition

Proflight Zambia is set to launch a three-times-a-week flight from Lusaka to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

The new service to be launched on October 23, is the second international route for the Zambian airline, which started flying to Lilongwe in Malawi in June.

Proflight director of government and industry affairs Philip Lemba said in a statement in Lusaka recently that Proflight was determined to ensure that Zambia becomes a regional aviation hub, enabling easy and convenient connections from its nine domestic destinations to cities throughout Southern Africa. 

“Dar es Salaam is the next step in a plan that we hope will see Proflight grow into the airline of choice throughout the region,” he said.

Capt Lemba said flights would depart Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at 08:00 hours on Mondays and Fridays, arriving at Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport at 12:20 hours, making it a journey of three hours and 20 minutes, given the one-hour time difference in Tanzania.

The return flight would leave Dar es Salaam on the same days at 13:00 hours, arriving in Lusaka at 15:20 hours, enabling smooth connections on to Proflight’s afternoon flights to Mfuwe, Livingstone and Ndola. Capt Lemba said there would be a Wednesday flight, for which Proflight was awaiting confirmation from regulators on the timing.

An additional Lusaka-Dar es Salaam flight would be operated on Thursday, October 24, to mark Independence Day. 

He said the Tanzanian capital of Dar es Salaam was an important seaport for regional trade and provided a gateway for Zambian traders importing goods among them, vehicles. The city was also the gateway for the exotic holiday location of Zanzibar.

Capt Lemba said the new service would bring business and leisure passengers to Zambia, including traders wishing to do business and tourists combining a beach holiday with a safari excursion. Proflight Zambia was also considering services to Harare, Tete and Johannesburg, subject to regulatory approval.

In addition to the new route to Tanzania, which would be operated by the airline’s 29 seater Jet stream 41 aircraft, Capt Lemba said Proflight would be increasing the frequency of its Lilongwe flights from three-times-a-week to four from November 16, to be operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Flights would leave Lusaka at 16:15 hours returning from Lilongwe at 18:25 hours on Monday, Thursday and Friday, while timing for the Wednesday flight was yet to be confirmed.

He expressed hope that the airline would be able to provide smooth connections from Lusaka on to the Dar es Salaam service.

With the introduction of the Tanzania route, Proflight Zambia will operate 11 scheduled routes using nine aircraft, including a Boeing 737 aircraft which was recently added to the Proflight fleet as the airline’s first jet aircraft.
Source: The Citizen, reported by Agencies
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