GOVERNMENT says it has opened talks with prospective investors to re-establish a national airline.
Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga said his ministry has intensified efforts to re-establish a national airline to help boost the country’s tourism.
Mr Mukanga said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that a committee set up by the ministry for the re-establishment of a national carrier has come up with recommendations which have since been taken to Cabinet for approval.
“We have submitted our recommendations to Cabinet for approval because we don’t want this programme of coming up with a national airline to fail,” he said.
Mr Mukanga said the absence of a national airline has negatively affected the development of tourism, non-traditional exports and other industries that directly or indirectly rely on tourism.
He said many countries have expressed willingness to help Zambia re-establish a national airline.
Mr Mukanga said his ministry is also doing feasibility studies to determine how much it will cost Government to re-establish a national airline.
The minister said Government is working hard to reposition Zambia as an air transport regional hub.