ALL is set for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to launch its inaugural flight direct to Lusaka, Zambia tomorrow, May 15th 2012. This is according to a press statement released to the media by Lambwe Kachali, First secretary for Press and Public Relations for the Embassy of Zambia in Brussels, Belgium
According to KLM programme, the Royal Dutch Airlines will serve Zambia three times a week.
Zambian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Given Lubinda and his counterpart, Minister of Transport and Communication Mr Yamfwa Mukanga will officiate at the inaugural flight in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Tuesday.
Mr Lubinda and Mr Mukanga are expected to arrive in Amsterdam this morning (Monday) and will hold meetings with top KLM executives in Amstelveen, Netherlands.
Later in the day, Mr Lubinda will depart for The Hague where he is expected to hold bilateral talks with Netherlands Secretary General of the ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ed Kronenburg.
Further meetings will also be held between Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB) Managing Director Felix Chaila and KLM market development manager for Africa and Middle East, Axel Metslaar.
On Tuesday, May 15th 2012, KLM flight will depart Amsterdam at about 12:30 hours and is expected to land at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka at about 22:10 hours. Other days for KLM flight to Lusaka include Thursdays, and Saturdays at 12:30 hours, arriving in Lusaka the same day at 22:10 hrs. The return flight will depart Lusaka at 23:55 hours on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights and arrive in Amsterdam at 09:55 hours the next morning.
Zambia is experiencing strong growth, in many economic sectors, which include the vigorous mining industry. Moreover, this new destination for KLM will create a direct link between Zambia’s flourishing flower industry and the Netherlands, which is the largest junction in the worldwide flower industry.
Zambia, which is the home of the might Victoria Falls, offers a wider variety of tourist attractions. So far, Zambia is regarded as the millennium investment destination in Southern Africa.
The establishment of a direct flight between Lusaka and Amsterdam is expected to boost the volumes of trade between the two nations and the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg) region as a whole.
The successful opening of this route is a major triumph for the Zambian mission in Brussels which championed the need for a direct link between the two countries. The mission has since urged Zambians to take advantage of the strong agro-processing technology and skills in the Netherlands and make good use this direct flight link.
KLM becomes the first airline to establish a direct flight from mainland Europe.