Proflight Zambia today (July 13) launched a new business flight direct from Lusaka to Zambia’s second largest city, Kitwe.
Dignitaries including representatives of the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Tourism, the Zambia Tourism Board and the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority joined passengers on the inaugural flight to celebrate the new service.
The flight was welcomed to Kitwe Southdowns airport in Kalulushi District by Mayor of Kalulushi Bishop Bernard Mumba, who said: “We want to appreciate Proflight Zambia for this new flight and it will not only put Kalulushi on the market but will profile Kalulushi, as the opening of this is a milestone to improve the district.”
Proflight Zambia has launched its new service to Kafue National Park, making the country’s largest park more accessible for local and international tourists.
The new twice-weekly route takes travellers to the heart of the Busanga Plains in just one hour 35 minutes, compared with a drive that can take up to 15 hours. Passengers can also travel to Lufupa and Chunga airstrips in the park by arrangement.
Flight P0654 flies from Lusaka to Busanga at 11:15hrs, arriving at 12:50 on Mondays Wednesdays and Saturdays, and returns from Busanga at 13:05, arriving back in Lusaka at 14:40 on the same days to enable smooth connections with Emirates and South African Airline flights.
Proflight Zambia celebrates the anniversary today (June 19) of the first touchdown of its first Jetstream aircraft on Zambian soil ten years ago, marking a turning point that propelled the airline into becoming a major industry player.
That first 18-seat aircraft – registration 9J-PCS – has since been joined by three other planes of the same make, along with three 29-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft and a 50-seater Bombardier CRJ-100 jet.
“It is a measure of how far Proflight Zambia has come in the last decade, when we graduated from small planes,” Mark Barrett, who was the First officer on the original delivery flight and is now the airline’s Chief Operating Officer. “The arrival of 9J-PCS was a turning point for the company and for aviation in Zambia.”