Proflight Zambia has begun flights on its new 50-seater jet aircraft, introduced to mark Zambia’s Golden Jubilee.
The Bombardier CRJ-100 plane was delivered to Zambia last week and operate throughout October, giving the airline time to assess market demand with a view to extending the lease on the aircraft going forward.
The new jet will primarily operate on the Lusaka-Ndola morning and evening flights, but where demand is high it will also be used on Solwezi, Mfuwe and Livingstone routes.
The aircraft is already proving popular with passengers, said Proflight Director of Government and Industry Affairs Captain Philip Lemba.
Proflight Zambia is launching its new route to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on October 16, 2014, enabling business people and traders to travel easily between the mining centres of Ndola and Lubumbashi.
The new addition to the airline’s international network will provide a comfortable, reliable route to a key hub within the DRC.
Flights will commence from Ndola’s Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport to Lubumbashi International Airport on Thursday, October 16. Travellers will be able to fly three times a week - on Tuesday mornings and Thursday and Friday afternoons. Proflight, through its extensive network of routes, will also make it easy and affordable to connect to Lusaka by providing reduced through-fares in all classes on that route.
Proflight Zambia will begin flying to Kafue National Park next year, adding a tenth domestic destination to its schedule and opening up the area to tourism.
The new addition to the airline’s route network will provide a fast and reliable way for domestic and international tourists to enjoy the world-class safari and wilderness experiences of the park.
Proflight will begin operating flights during the dry season, when accessibility and wildlife viewing is at an annual peak, from July 1 to October 31, 2015.If successful it will look at more frequency and a longer season in 2016.Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to Chunga. The Lusaka – Chunga flight will leave Lusaka at 11:30, reaching Chunga at 12:45. The Chunga – Lusaka flight will leave at 13:05 and arrive in Lusaka at 14:20