Airline continues to grow its international destinations
Proflight Zambia has announced the launch of three-times-a-week flights from Lusaka to Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania starting on October 23.
The new service is the second international route for the Zambian airline, which started flying to Lilongwe in Malawi in June.
“Proflight is determined to ensure that Zambia becomes a regional aviation hub, enabling easy and convenient connections from our nine domestic destinations to cities throughout Southern Africa,” said Proflight Director of Government and Industry Affairs Capt. Philip Lemba. “Dar-es-Salaam is the next step in a plan that we hope will see Proflight grow into the airline of choice throughout the region.”
Flights will depart from Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at 08:00 hrs on Mondays and Fridays, arriving at Dar-es-Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport at 12:20 hrs, making it a journey of three hours and 20 minutes, given the one-hour time difference in Tanzania.
The return flight leaves Dar-es-Salaam on the same days at 13:00 hrs, arriving in Lusaka at 15:20 hrs, enabling smooth connections onto Proflight’s afternoon flights to Mfuwe, Livingstone and Ndola.
There will also be a Wednesday flight, for which Proflight is awaiting confirmation from regulators on timing.
An additional Lusaka-Dar flight will be operated on Thursday, October 24 to mark Independence Day.
|Fast facts about Proflight’s new route:|
|Launch date of the new route||23rd October 2013|
|Route||Lusaka to Dar-Es-Salaam|
|Number of flights a week||3|
|Depart Lusaka 08:00, Return 13:00
Depart Lusaka 08:00, Return 13:00
|Aircraft that will be used||29 Seater Jetstream 41 Aircraft|
The Tanzanian capital of Dar-es-Salaam is an important seaport for regional trade and provides a gateway for Zambian traders importing goods such as vehicles. The city is also the gateway for the exotic holiday location of Zanzibar.
Conversely, the new service will bring business and leisure passengers to Zambia, including traders wishing to do business, and tourists combining a beach holiday with a safari excursion.
Proflight Zambia is also considering services to Harare, Tete and Johannesburg, subject to regulatory approval.
It addition to the new route to Tanzania, which will be operated by the airline’s 29-seat Jetstream 41 aircraft, Proflight will be increasing the frequency of its Lilongwe flights from three-times-a-week to four flights a week from November 16, operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Monday, Thursday and Friday flights will leave Lusaka at 16:15 hrs returning from Lilongwe at 18:25 hrs. Timing for the Wednesday flight has yet to be confirmed, but the airline hopes to be able to provide smooth connections from Lusaka on to the Dar-es-Salaam service.
With the introduction of the Tanzania route, Proflight Zambia will operate eleven scheduled routes using nine aircraft, including a Boeing 737 aircraft which was recently added to the Proflight fleet as the airline’s first jet aircraft.
The airline celebrates 22 years of operation this year and prides itself in providing a safe, reliable, efficient and friendly service.
About Proflight Zambia
Proflight Zambia was established in 1991 and is Zambia’s only scheduled airline. From its base in Lusaka it flies to Livingstone, Mfuwe, Lower Zambezi, Ndola, Solwezi, Chipata, Mansa and Kasama, and to Lilongwe in Malawi.
The airline prides itself in providing a safe, reliable, efficient and friendly service, and offering good value to business and leisure travellers locally and internationally.
The airline operates a Boeing 737 aircraft; two 29-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft; three 18-seater Jetstream 32; and three 12-seater Cessna Caravan C208 aircraft.
More information is available at www.flyzambia.com.
Date: 16 September 2013