The Zambia Airports Corporation has recorded a reduction of 19, 140 passengers using its four international airports in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year.

The Corporation recorded a total of 394,821 general passengers this year from 413, 961 in the first quarter of 2019 at all four international airports namely Kenneth Kaunda, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula and Mfuwe in the first quarter of 2019.

General passengers include both arriving and departing passengers, transit passengers, domestic and international passengers, according to Mwembe Sikaulu, the Company Communications and Brand Manager.

Ms. Sikaulu said records also indicate that there were 66,353 domestic passengers that passed through the aforementioned airports in quarter one of 2019 in comparison to 66,729 in the first quarter of 2018 resulting in a decrease of -0.6 percent.

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  1. This is a fake psychology being used by UPND HH dull chaps not to have Zambian airways.

    We know you. U only good at selling Zambian properties some to yourself Mr HH. U will never have change again to do that.

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    • When things start falling apart it starts feeling like nabamilowa. Ask Zimbabweans.

      Zambian the worse is yet to come be steady we warned you

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    • @DJ it’s not Airways, it’s Airports. Intercity Bus Stations not GBM buses.
      Go get a prostitute to help settle off your fantasies of HH.

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    • There is no money in the economy, period.
      People are not paid, businesses are struggling, country not attractive for tourism etc.

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    • Building Airports without a strategy.

      394 000 or 413000 passengers in a quarter don’t make a difference, this is just below expectation for four international airports.
      These numbers should be for one Airport at least.

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    • The Chinks will take over all these overpriced airports…they are smart chaps..they know the foooools will default.

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    • Already the Chinks are going to win our children’s hearts and minds these foooools are going to let them to be taught mandarin!!

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    • With clueless Lungu and his PF in charge of the country, Zambia has become very insignificant among African countries. Many tourists would rather go to Tanzania, Botswana, Kenya, Rwanda, or even Zimbabwe than go to Zambia. Clueless PF have failed to clean up the country, so it can look presentable to visitors. Tourists want a clean country, even if it doesn’t have many sky scrapers. We advised Lungu and his crew to clean up the country and beautify it—and to make that a priority. Consult Kagame if you don’t know what to do. But he won’t listen. So how do you expect the tourism industry to grow in the country ? Visionless Lungu doesn’t know how to package Zambia and sell it to the world. Hence there’ll be very few people interested in visiting Zambia. What a shame.

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    • Most tourists would rather go to Tanzania, Botswana, Kenya, Rwanda, or even Zimbabwe than go to Zambia. Clueless PF have failed to clean up the country, so it can look presentable to visitors. With clueless Lungu and his PF in charge of the country, Zambia has become very insignificant among African countries. We advised Lungu and his crew to clean up the country and beautify it—and to make that a priority. But he won’t listen. So how do you expect the tourism industry to grow in the country? Tourists want a clean country, even if it doesn’t have many sky scrapers. Consult Kagame if you don’t know what to do. There’ll be very few people interested in visiting Zambia, because visionless Lungu doesn’t know how to package Zambia and sell it to the world. What a shame.

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  2. It just means investors and tourists don’t see Zambia as attractive. One does not visit a country without roads,Without street lights when nearby countries have these you visit those. This world is about competition and if Zambia doesn’t want to compete others will win

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    • @2 Home sour, SPOT ON, and the useless major is busy growing a beard over wi-fi when some parts of the city have no running water, street lights don’t work including where they are installed including the main way to the airport(they work in patches). Road markings are hardly visible, council workers are not paid…you wonder indeed!!

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  3. When see the overpriced figures spent on these airports compared to what’s on the ground its shocking…our grandchildren will payback for this PF loot.

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    • we should be talking millions of passengers for 4 international Airports, not these figures they are coughing out.
      This time, Wheelbarrows in a different format

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  4. Gay Jay trib.al, so you suggest Trib.al Hacks?
    Go and clean the trib.al in Boom trib.al cleanser before you attempt to sell him to the electorate again.
    Bushe tamumfwa ba trib.al?

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  5. The airport in the picture was costed borrowed money to cater for a 14 % increase in passenger numbers …..that’s when PF were charging us
    $1 million/ km for roads we were told investors will be tripping over each other to come to Zambia……

    Bane ni ntawou ya manga matacko Koma osati ku Shula Ka

    Things will get desperate

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    • That KKIA airport with the right cost/value mgt techniques shouldn’t cost us more than $100 millions ….but this dull lazy man Edgar and his gang of thieves went ahead and contracted the $400 million loan even reduced the bill of quantities…

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  6. Imwe ba UPND, please learn to be knowledgeable twapapata, travelling and tourism industry is seasonal and has picks and dims. It appears National Airports is also led by incompetent chaps to allow misleading news to go unanswered. In Europe, this is summer time and its winter here, so whats the benefit of travelling on holiday to places as cold as your country? Just check your facts, numbers will start rising mid August and beyond. You cant fool us imwe ba pushi.

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  7. I have stated time and again that it’s not new airports that attract more passengers. It’s what you can offer that lures people to come to your country. When you note the increasing numbers and realize how you can sustain them, then you build bigger airports or expand the facilities. The reverse thinking has the high risk of rendering the airports white elephants.

    Compare this; Zambia has no direct flights from Europe or America. Kenya and South Africa do have – daily and at least four times a week depending on the airline (BA, KLM, for example) You want to have airports the size of Oliver Tambo in Jo’burg when there are no major airlines flying into the country – nor the numbers of people.

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    • There is no direct flights because there is not enough traffic there is a reason why a Kenya airlines flight from Schiphol airport to Nairobi to Lusaka changes to a smaller aircraft..even this small aircraft is not full.The second factor is A1 jet fuel is too expensive in Zambia it’s not cost effective.

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    • @Harold muna. You’re on point. This what we all told these people who got excited because of these useless projects. These projects are a loss to the country because we will not get any proper returns from them. I have used our airports a lot of times and I found that even the airlines that come here such as SA airways don’t even get their planes full. Most of the seats are empty. Now they want to introduce Zambian airways to compete with SA airways, Kenyan airways etc with such a small market and expect it to survive. Most of the customers for South African airways are SA business men and I don’t expect them to use Zambian airways when travelling to SA. I am personally comfortable travelling SA airways when travelling abroad and I don’t see myself changing.

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  8. You are all mistaken. They are all waiting for the brand new Zambia Airways to start operations. Is that not what they said will increase tourists? An aeroplane with a Zambian flag by the entrance, some Nshima on board and parachute demonstrations in bemba?? The tourists apparently get a hard on and will come flocking to Zambia, overwhelm all the new airports and we can payback the loans.

    Guys muleishibako utuntu

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  9. 85% of the travellers were PF officials moving aimlessly. Even those who used to hike from Mandevu when they used to come to beg Sata to adopt them now fly Proflight daily.

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  10. Clean up the country if you want people to visit it. You lazy, clueless bunch. Lungu and his gang needs to learn how to package the country, so people across the globe can want to visit it. Countries around us receive far more people than us. Come on, do something you lazy PF gang. Clean up the country and beautify it. If you don’t, these fancy airports of yours will be nothing but white elephants, empty and lifeless.

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  11. Reverse psychology in Zambia = loss making airports.This is like Misisi football club building an $80m stadium when they have a fan base of just 2000 poor people.

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  12. This airport is unnecessary, the project should have waited another 50 years. It all goes back to populist sontapo policies, that is when a pf puts more value on impressing its marketeers and street vendors than for economic consideration. In other words the new airport Wont serve any economic purpose apart from hoisting the ego of pf uneducated masses.

    Ati pf wants a nstional airline so as to increase tourism. How will that work?? Will the airline be ferrying tourists for free? Or tourists will begin flocking to zambia to admire your new national airline?

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  13. where r the fingers that used to sontapo is it stl happening now you know that u can build all the infrastructure but stl have your in driving in the ground .

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  14. The truth of the matter is that Zambia is not very well marketed around the world. For instance Last time Zambia made it to the bbc world news was the time HH was incarcerated, prior to that it was the news of load shedding across the country. We need to market our country better

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  15. Hopefully HH will not say he is going to sell all the airports in Zambia for he always move the notion of selling GRZ properties.He is used to fatten his pockets from the sell of GRZ properties.

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  16. The decline corresponds to 0.95 percent. This figure is not alarming, even by most conservative standards. It is a timely warning that calls for a complete and thorough review of leakages in the existing tourism environment. First, political rhetoric around tax was not attractive for international visitors. Two, any form of violent automatically scares potential holiday makers. Three, hospitality staff must work flat out to prove that a tourist is indeed the famous goose that lays the golden egg.

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  17. Air traffic in Zambia has grown consistently each year. Even domestic airlines have increased. This, not the first quarter when it has dipped while still increasing overall on an annual basis. And of course, it’s not the peak period for tourism. It’s June/July at Vic falls and August to November at Mfuwe. The long term trend wholly justifies more airport capacity for passengers and cargo.

    So you ranters gloating doom on a mountain based on a quarterly trend shows the dark side you belong worshipping a demi-God that has been rejected to rule and not wishing Zambia well.

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  18. Africa’s airline profitability is the lowest of any world region according to statistics and is getting worse. It will take longer to redress this – and for Zambia, for example, this is because it ties in with the need to meaningfully change the economic landscape, which includes tourism (aided by good governance of course)

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  19. I want to correct our Zambian brothers and sister who are saying “even Zimbabwe “please withdraw that you Zambians you see yourself as you’re on top of Zimbabweans that’s a shame you must mind your words I’m saying this because it’s not my first time hearing that you ust learn that Zimbabwe might have it’s problems but it is on top of Zambia…

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