THE re-establishment of Zambia Airways is on course as Cabinet will soon take a final look at the partnership agreement and other documents that were being streamlined.
Consequently, the Government will ensure that the national airline inaugural flight takes off on October 24, this year as planned.
Transport and Communication Minister Brian Mushimba explained that the IDC had approved the documents with comments, which would be addressed by Cabinet this month.
Mr Mushimba said after Cabinet approval of the partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, the documents were sent to the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to sign the agreement on behalf of the government.
The Minister was speaking in an interview in Lusaka.
“We are on course with the national airline and we are sure to start flying on the set date which is October 24th. Cabinet has approved the agreement but we gave it to the IDC to study it so that they are able to own the document.
“The IDC approved the agreement with some comments and those comments needed to be addressed and we are now in the process of addressing them, “he said.
He explained that among the comments raised by the IDC were technical support and maintenance of the national airline. They needed to be addressed in the shareholders’ agreement.
The Minister assured that all documents including the shareholders agreement would be concluded in time to have the national carrier fly on the set date.
“We entered into a partnership with Ethiopian airline and all that is left is for us to work out the terms and ensure that we have a national carrier in time,” he said.