Transport Minister Yamfwa Mukanga has revealed that Government has not abandoned plans to re-establish a national airline.
The PF Government missed its October 24 2014 deadline to unveil a new national flag carrier.
But Mr Mukanga said the plans are still on the table and that Government will at the right time release the details of the national airline and how it will operate.
“We have not abandoned those plans. If anything, we are progressing well. The process seems slow because we had to do a fresh Cabinet Memo so that we could get approval to proceed but we are still waiting for that item to come to Cabinet,” Mr Mukanga explained.
He added, “What happened is that the first Cab Memo needed to be revised, there were certain areas where we needed to work on and now we have done a second Cab Memo and we are waiting for a decision.”
Mr Mukanga said the PF Government is determined to ensure that a national flag carrier takes off to the skies as soon as possible.
He said Government has looked at various financing options and is still open to possibilities of partnerships with credible institutions to launch the airline.