BUUMBA CHIMBULU writes @SunZambian
PROFLIGHT Zambia will launch four times a week passenger flights from Lusaka to Johannesburg, South Africa from October 1, this year.This comes barely days after South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced the country would reopen its international borders on October 1, 2020 under level 1 of lockdown.The airline will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with the addition of twice-weekly cargo flights departing from Lusaka on Tuesdays and Thursdays.This is according to Proflight Zambia Director Flight Operations, Josias Walubita.Captain Walubita said Proflight had become the first in Zambia to ferry passengers and cargo to Johannesburg under the new normal.“We are excited to announce our new route – Lusaka-Johannesburg. This is a great opportunity for all citizens in Zambia to travel to Johannesburg– whether for business or leisure – on our comfortable plane,” Captain Walubita said.He said the first Lusaka-Johannesburg flight, scheduled for October 1 this year was already receiving overwhelming response from the public.“So far, the response from the general public has been great. We have a lot of interest from the public for this route,” he noted.Captain Walubita explained that introduction of the Lusaka-Johannesburg route was an indication of Proflight Zambia’s commitment to growth and regional expansion.“It’s just plane smart for us to spread our wings from Lusaka to Johannesburg. It’s simply amazing that this expansion allows us to link our esteemed customers to two hives of commercial activity. It is indeed a great achievement and a milestone in our growth as an airliner,” he said.Captain Walubita urged Lusaka residents and businesspeople alike to get on board and assured them safety against COVID-19.“We are also adhering to public health guidelines on COVID-19 throughout the journey,” he stressed.He said additional days would be added when demand increases and was currently looking at reintroducing the direct Ndola/ Johannesburg and Lusaka/ Durban flights at a later date.
Eligibility to enter South Africa is subject to the South African COVID-19 entry regulations once they are released in the coming days.