Monday, 3 February 2014

Turkish Airlines to Launch Lusaka Route Soon

Zambia and Turkey have signed an air aviation agreement which provides for the introduction of a direct flight between Turkey's commercial capital Istanbul and Lusaka. The direct flights between the two cities are expected to start in the first quarter of this year. Zambia's Ambassador to Turkey Miriam Mulenga and Turkish Airlines chairperson Hamdi Topcu finalised the deal for commencement of a direct flight between the two countries in Istanbul yesterday.
Mr Topcu told Ambassador Mulenga that Turkey considered Zambia as an important destination economically which deserved to be serviced by a direct flight. He said a state-of-the-art air craft would be allocated to the Zambian route. This is contained in a statement made available yesterday by Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Zambia in Turkey Bwalya Nondo. And Ambassador Mulenga said introduction of a direct flight between Istanbul and Lusaka will enhance trade between Zambia and Turkey.
She noted that a number of Zambians were engaged in trading and business activities with Turkey and would find it convenient to use a direct flight to the destination. Ambassador Mulenga said a direct flight would also boost tourism and help Zambia raise arrivals to contribute more to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from the tourism sector.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Turkey has announced that visas to enter Turkey will, with effect from April this year, be applied for, and issued electronically to enhance efficiency in the issuance of of the documents.
Source: AllAfrica


  1. Any chance of a Istanbul - Lusaka - Harare route

    1. It is a possibility although I have not heard an info about a signed agreement between Zimbabwe and Turkey. The recent BASA agreements that have been signed by Turkey include Zambia and Mozambique. Whenever the route is launched it will definitely be a tag on and maybe via East Africa so they can operate a narrow body. Anyways fingers crossed for a possible Istanbul - Lusaka - Harare route

  2. That is a great news for the people of Zambia. Turkish airlines is considered as one of the best airlines in the world. If this collaboration works perfectly then Turkish airlines may also expand its network. This could be very beneficial for the people travelling to and from Zambia.