Proflight Zambia, a private airline, will begin flying into Malawi which has had no direct flights in the last few months since Air Malawi started undergoing liquidation.
In a statement released on Thursday, Proflight will fly into Lilongwe three-times-a-week.
The new route, which will be launched on June 4, will be the first international destination for the airline, which already flies to nine domestic points in Zambia, including Lusaka, Livingstone, Ndola and Mfuwe.
“Proflight Zambia has grown from a solid base and is now looking forward to bringing its services to Malawi,” said the airline’s Director of Government and Industry Affairs Capt. Philip Lemba. “We expect that the new three-times a week service will boost trade and tourism ties between the two countries, with all the economic benefits that brings.”
Flights to Lilongwe from the Zambian capital will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, departing from Lilongwe at 17:55 and arriving in Lusaka at 19:35. The in-bound flight leaves Lusaka at 15:30 and arrives in Lilongwe at 17:10 on the same days.
Zambian living in Lilongwe were excited about the news. “This is good news because it has been a big problem for us to quickly get to Lusaka to check on family,” Gondwe said.
Jeff Mulenga, another Zambian in Malawi, said that since Kenya Airways stopped servicing the route some months ago, it has been so difficult for him and his family.
“It will also be easy for us to fly and watch some soccer,” he said.
The service also provides seamless connections to and from Emirates flights, which arrive in Lusaka from Dubai at 14:25 and depart from Lusaka for Dubai at 21:25 daily.
Return fares from Lusaka to Lilongwe start from around US$266 and will operate initially with Proflight’s 29-seater Jetstream 41 aircraft.
Passengers can book online at http://www.flyzambia.com, through the Proflight Reservations Department in Lusaka on +260 (0) 977 335563; Email: email@example.com or through Proflight’s sales agent in Malawi Ulendo on +265 (0) 1794 555; Email. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zambia is a country six times of the size of Malawi, but with a slightly small population of around 13 million people. It is world renown as the home of Victoria Falls in Livingstone and is one of the world’s largest producers of copper.