Combining destinations in East and West Africa may be a winner for the travel and tourism industry in both Tanzania and Zambia. 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 0800 hours on Mondays and Fridays, arriving at Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport at 1220 hours, 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 1300 hours, arriving in Lusaka at 1520 hours, 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.
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 1615 hours returning from Lilongwe at 1825 hours 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.