Government says it is committed to ensuring that the country acquires a national airline.
Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga said this in Lusaka last evening when he witnessed the inaugural flight of the RwandAir direct flight to Zambia.
Proflight Zambia and RwandAir have signed a codeshare agreement on the Lusaka – Johannesburg route with RwandAir as the operating carrier and Pro flight Zambia as the Marketing carrier.
The flights will be operated three-times-a-week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays by RwandAir’s state of the art Boeing 737-800 Next Generation dual class aircraft.
Mr. Mukanga said government was doing everything possible to ensure that the RwandAir/Proflight agreement is sustained.He said it was possible for the country to have its national airline as it has a lot of clientele that would want to use Zambia’s flights.
Speaking earlier, RwandAir Director of flight operations, Santos Pio thanked the Zambian government for recognizing the need for Rwanda and Zambia to enhance bilateral trade.
Capt. Pio also thanked the Rwandese government for having a vision of expanding the network to bring countries together.He said this will reduce flight time between Zambia and Rwanda as well as the inconvenience people were facing previously.
Capt. Pio who is of Zambian origin also thanked Proflight management for coming up with the initiative.