GOVERNMENT has not abandoned plans to re-establish a national airline, Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga has disclosed.
Mr Mukanga said plans to establish the airline are still active and are in the pipeline.
The minister said in an interview recently that Government will at an appropriate time release to the public details of the national airline and how it will operate.
“We have not abandoned plans to re-establish a national airline. We are actually progressing well. The process seems slow because we had to do a fresh Cabinet memorandum so as to get approval to proceed but we are still waiting for a response from Cabinet.
Once Cabinet makes a decision on the direction, operations and funding modalities, the nation will be informed,” he said.
Mr Mukanga said a statement on how the airline is expected to perform financially was submitted to Cabinet.
He said the Patriotic Front (PF) administration is determined to ensure that a national airline is re-established to contribute to the country’s growth.
Mr Mukanga said the ministry has been consulting and engaging various stakeholders on how best to achieve the dream.
“It is in the pipeline and you will soon see these happening. We are more than committed to having an airline, No jokes about it,” Mr Mukanga said
He said there are a number of investors that have expressed interest to partner with Government in setting up the airline.
Mr Mukanga said the Zambia Air Force has also been engaged to identify trained pilots and air hostesses in preparation for the launch of the national airline.