Proflight Zambia has unveiled plans to add three further international destinations to its growing schedule by mid-2014, effectively making Lusaka a regional hub for air travel. Following the successful launch of its first international service, from Lusaka to Lilongwe, on June 4, Zambia’s only locally registered scheduled carrier is now planning to fly from Ndola to Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with connections between Ndola and Lusaka.The airline is also considering services to Harare, Dar es Salaam, Tete and Johannesburg, subject to regulatory approval.
With the introduction of the Malawi route, Proflight Zambia currently operates ten scheduled routes
using nine aircraft, including a 105-seat Boeing 737 aircraft which was recently added to the Proflight fleet as the airline's first jet aircraft. “We believe that after years of prudent, steady growth, Proflight Zambia has now built a solid base and reached a critical mass from which it can expand into regional markets, heeding the requests of our customers,” said Proflight Director of Government and Industry Affairs Capt. Philip Lemba. “Lusaka is a natural choice as a hub, and Proflight is determined to be a standard bearer for Zambian aviation throughout the region.”
Proflight is keen to introduce flights to Johannesburg from Lusaka and is examining the option of flying into the smaller Lanseria airport, for which costs are lower than that of the city’s main OR Tambo (ORT) International airport. Proflight’s service to Johannesburg would allow connections via shuttle bus from Lanseria to ORT as well as shuttles to the Rivonia and Centurion Gautrains.
The airline celebrates 22 years of operation this year, and has grown from operating a single aircraft to a fleet of nine serving nine domestic destinations and one international route. It prides itself in providing a safe, reliable, efficient and friendly service and is determined to continue its strategy of steady expansion.
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