Proflight Zambia yesterday launched a new business flight direct from Lusaka to Zambia’s second largest city, Kitwe.
Proflight Director of Government and Industry Affairs Captain Philip Lemba said the route was the ninth domestic destination for the airline and was expected to cater mainly to business people dealing with the area’s mining sector.
“Kitwe is the second largest city in Zambia after Lusaka and business is booming with the opening of the new Mukuba Shopping Mall a few months ago is just one sign that the city is heading in the right direction,” he said.
He said Proflight will fly from Lusaka to Kitwe twice a day on weekdays and once on Sundays.
Capt Lemba said Kitwe was usually frequented by industrial developers, and that the city had seen a rise in more tourist friendly attractions including hotels, shopping centres and cinemas, presenting more reasons to visit.
“The morning flight leaves Lusaka at 07:15hrs and arrives in Kitwe at 08:30hrs and afternoon flight departs 16:20hrs and arrives back in Lusaka at 17:05hrs,
“From Kitwe, the flight leaves at 08:30hrs and arrives in Lusaka at 09:15hrs and again at 17:35hrs arriving at 18:00hrs. There is also a Sunday flight leaving Lusaka at 16:20hrs and from Kitwe at 17:30hrs,” he said. Zambia Tourism Board Felix Chaila, managing director who was part of the inaugural flight to the hub of the Copperbelt, said as African destinations, there was need to look at sub-regional travel, domestic travel, other than business travel that was well known for Copperbelt. He said with a population of more than 500,000, Kitwe’s existence historically relied on the success of copper mining, and more recently has experienced commercial and agricultural growth.