TRANSPORT, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga has disclosed that some big international airlines have expressed interest to partner with Zambia on the reintroduction of the national airline.
Mr Mukanga, who declined to name the airlines as the matter was yet to be tabled before cabinet, said some big international air carriers were just waiting to partner with the country so that they could paint their planes in Zambian colours and employ local people.
He said other airlines were also interested in buying or financing the buying of new planes for the country.
Speaking in an interview in Livingstone, Mr Mukanga said the Government had learnt many lessons in the past and hence cabinet would assess all the options on the table and come up with the best decision on behalf of the Zambian people.
“We will be presenting a paper containing various options to cabinet soon so that a decision can be made.
“The Patriotic Front (PF) cabinet meets every week to make decisions and therefore the paper will be presented to cabinet this year,” he said.
Mr Mukanga said it would very interesting and good news to citizens to see Zambian colours in the sky.
He said the Government would look at the various proposals seriously as lessons had been learnt that documents should not be signed without reading.
“If you sign any document without reading, you may be signing your own death sentence.
“We will try to go through the various documents and ensure to get the very best option for the people of Zambia,” he said.
Mr Mukanga said there was need to examine how much money Zambia was currently loosing in the absence of the national airline and ensure that the country gained when the airline was reintroduced.