THE Government has said that it is still looking for a reliable strategic partner before establishing the national airline.
Communication, Transport, Works and Supply Minister Christopher Yaluma said the government was engaging various stakeholders in discussions to find suitable partner.
Mr Yaluma said that the government would have a larger equity in the airline so as to ensure its sustainability.
He said that the government was committed towards the re-establishment of the national airline and that the country still has the potential to run it profitably.
Addressing journalists in Lusaka, Mr. Yaluma noted that the government would put in place modalities that will not lead to the closure of the airline in future.
Mr Yaluma hailed plans by Zambians in the Diaspora to launch an airline saying it would contribute to easing air traffic in the county.
He said that the government encourages investments in different economic sectors from both local and foreign investment.
A few days ago a group of Zambian aviation professionals in the Diaspora in partnership with their locally based counterparts and some foreign investors announced that they would be launching Zambia’s first budget airline.
The Airlines is expected to be a low cost carrier, meant mainly for domestic travel and will be the first of its kind in Zambia.