GOVERNMENT should consider suspending the introduction of a national airline because it is such an expensive venture that cannot be sustained with the current economic challenges the country is facing, former Commerce, Trade and Industry minister Felix Mutati has advised.
Mr Mutati said the introduction of a national airline was an expensive undertaking which would not add any value to the economic welfare of the country but would be a drain on the meager national purse.
Mr Mutati who is MMD Runte member of Parliament said very few airlines globally were successful and often ended up as prestige projects.
Contributing on the debate on estimates and expenditure in Parliament yesterday, Mr Mutati said it would be prudent for Government to consider suspending the introduction of a national airline so that the money could be channeled to other pressing economic ventures.
And former Information and Broadcasting services minister Lt Gen Ronnie Shikapwasha who is a pilot advised that Government should only consider the introduction of a national airline after all consultations had been exhausted.
Other MPs also appealed to Government to put off the introduction of a national airline and channel the money to other ventures such as the Muchingi-Chipata Railway Line.