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Flights to Johannesburg, Gabon, Entebbe and Dar-es-Salaam are all being evaluated by the airline, which celebrates 27 years of operation this year. “Proflight Zambia is already connecting the region with its popular services from Lusaka to Durban, Harare and Lilongwe,” said Director of Flight Operations Capt. Gerald Tembo.
“Our strategy is to continue with that expansion to cement our position as the region’s number one regional carrier.”
The Zambian owned and operated airline’s expansion plans build on its existing domestic network, enabling passengers from across the country, including Ndola, Livingstone, Solwezi, Kasama, Mfuwe and Kalabo, to connect smoothly on to flights outside Zambia’s borders. Proflight’s strong regional route network already includes services from Lusaka to Lilongwe in Malawi, Durban in South Africa and Harare in Zimbabwe.
The additional routes will be made possible thanks to Proflight’s plans to invest and grow its fleet of aircraft, all of which are Zambian registered with the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority (ZCAA). It currently operates a 50-seater Bombardier CRJ-100 jet, three 29-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft and two C208 Caravans. Plans are at an advanced stage to add a further 50s-seat Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft to the fleet. Its aircraft are operated with local pilots and crew; some 97 percent of Proflight employees are Zambian citizens, and all are residents, ensuring that earnings are spent with Zambia, local taxes are paid, and economic multiplier effects generated in the wider economy. This strong track record and international reputation as a safe, efficient, reliable and friendly airline have enabled Proflight to build a strong customer base with tourists and travel agents abroad, generating significant foreign exchange earnings, all of which are remitted back to Zambia.