Turkish Airlines to launch weekly flights between Lusaka and Istanbul

Dr Joseph Chilengi with Turkish Airlines Chief Executive Officer Bilal Eksi
Dr Joseph Chilengi with Turkish Airlines Chief Executive Officer Bilal Eksi
Dr Joseph Chilengi with Turkish Airlines Chief Executive Officer Bilal Eksi
Dr Joseph Chilengi with Turkish Airlines Chief Executive Officer Bilal Eksi

Turkish Airlines has announced that it will start two weekly flights between Lusaka and Istanbul on December 13, 2018.

Turkish Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Bilal Eksi said the Turkish flag carrier will service the Lusaka route via Dar-es –Salaam with flight arrivals on Mondays and Thursdays while departures from Lusaka will be on Tuesdays and Fridays.

This came to light during a meeting between Zambia’s Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, Dr Joseph Chilengi and Mr Eksi in Istanbul on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Mr Eksi said Turkish Airlines would gradually increase the frequency of weekly flights.

He said Turkish Airline was willing to cooperate with Airlines that are operating on the Lusaka-Dar es-Salaam route by signing a Cooperation Agreement in compliance with International Air Transport Association (IATA) standards of operation.

He also informed Dr Chilengi that Turkish Airlines would send an official to Zambia to hold meetings with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) and the private sector on September 25 and September 26, 2018.

And Dr Chilengi commended Turkish Airlines for working towards starting a direct flight between Zambia and Turkey.

He noted that a direct flight between Turkey and Zambia would boost trade and investment between the two countries and also enable people to move easily.

Dr Chilengi observed that Turkish Airlines would have more leverage for clients travelling to Europe, Middle East and Asia when the direct flight between Lusaka and Istanbul starts.

He further proposed that in an effort to generate interest in the Lusaka route, Turkish Airlines should consider working with the Zambian Embassy to disseminate information to potential business and tourism groups.

The establishment of a direct flight from Turkey to Zambia was part of the discussions during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s official visit to Zambia on July, 28, 2018.

This is according to a statement issued by First Secretary for Press Jerry Munthali at the Zambian Embassy in Turkey.


  1. If you want to die in suicide plane attack then be my guest. Never trust any deal by PF. Its always the normal man to suffer. Look at the Chinese situation

  2. Thats good new, Turkish airlines is one of europe’s(i know turkeys not part of the eu) best airlines. I just hope the breaking of the monopoly held by emirates,klm and kenyan airways in civilian air travel in Zambia means that air ticket prices will go down. Some of our african friends can fly home for $400 or less . A trip to Zambia nowadays can easily cost you upwards of $800-$900.

    • Muslim strategy is to take control the world and eliminate all persons who do not convert to Islam (infidels). According to them anyone who is not a Muslim must be destroyed

    • Beware of Turkish airline because they are racist. If you are black you better avoid them. They are busy ripping people off by selling tickets that can’t be used to customers. They are not only racist they are unscrupulous in their dealings. Avoid them

    • Arkadas – Please spare us your ignorance …running an airline is not as easy as setting up shop and make your own rules..it does not work like that they are members of international bodies just like Emirates, KLM, Virgin, Norwegian etc.

    • @Doctor, it really is. Worked for a couple of years in Turkey and loved it. They do not care for black people but they do not touch you. It is live and let live. Best market for almost everything. Their copy merchandise is so good that it embarrasses the original. No chinese there because they cannot stand up to the competition – way too inferior. The Turks are hardworking: local transport system -one of the best; Airline – one of the best (never had a bad experience); food delivery service – yemek sepeti forever:-); Electronic Banking system – Alleyuyah! Medical services – let the church sing louder!!! It would be a very good idea to emulate them.

  3. And some dumbies out there wants to create a national airline….I have stated this is the best way to attract major airlines to KKIA..in fact I would reduce tax on Jet A1 fuel.

  4. Nigerian Woman Was Thrown Out Of Turkish Airline For Asking For Water Before Plane Took Off, such a big airline with the worst customer service!

  5. Watch Turkish Airlines crash out of the Zambian market in just a few years like other European airlines before.Cairo ,Nairobi and Jo’burg will still be viable routes.

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