THE Tourism Council of Zambia (TCZ) has saluted the plans by the Government to reintroduce the national airline next year.
TCZ chairperson Alexander Mutali said the reintroduction of the national airline was a bright idea as it would boost both domestic and foreign tourism activities.
Mr Mutali was speaking in an interview at Royal Livingstone Hotel on Wednesday during a wine tasting ceremony.
He however urged the Government to seek ways of introducing planes which would be able to carry many local and international guests to sustain the airline.
“The biggest challenge which we must examine is on what type of an airline are we thinking of.
“If it is the luxury type of an airline, then it is not good for the country. If it is that type of an airline which will move great numbers like the Ethiopian Airline and even go to Dubai where most Zambians go to do their shopping, then that will be a better airline,” Mr Mutali said.
Mr Mutali, who is Livingstone Tourism Association (LTA) chairperson, also said there was need to ensure that the national airline promoted domestic tourism by introducing domestic flights.
“You can imagine that it takes close to two days for one to drive to the Coppebelt Province from here in Livingstone.
“But if you have an airline which will be cheaper, may you only spend K50 to travel from Livingstone to Copperbelt , many Zambians and other tourists will be travelling by plane and in turn this will sustain the profitability of the airline,” Mr Mutali said.
He said the tourism industry was looking for an airline that would move greater number of tourists like the case was in other countries which had national airlines.
“We don’t want prestigious planes which are very expensive. These planes must move many numbers from one point to another.
“We want an airline which will also promote domestic tourism because such an airline is missing in Zambia currently,” Mr Mutali said.
The Zambian Government has announced plans to reintroduce the national airline during the course of next year.