Government has reiterated that it will soon revive the national airline to meet the country’s growing aviation needs.
Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe said government was eager to re-establish a national flag carrier to facilitate the process of linking the country to the rest of the world.
Mrs. Mwanakatwe said this in response to inquiries from the Mauritius government about the lack of a direct flight between Zambia and that country to promote trade and tourism.
Mauritians recalled the days when the defunct Zambia Airways operated a direct flight to that Indian Ocean island nation.
They say there is need for a national airline to service the business needs of the two countries following the signing of the Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) between Zambia and Mauritius.
Mrs. Mwanakatwe said government was keen to address flight connection challenges in order to reduce flying hours around the region and bring markets closer to the country.
She said the airline was expected to be operational by the end of June 2016.
Zambia has had no national flag carrier since the demise of Zambia Airways over twenty years ago.