Kenyan Airways has announced plans to launch a new flight to Zambia’s tourist capital Livingstone in June this year.
The new flight, which will be the third in the country and the airline’s sixtieth destination, is scheduled to commence operations on June 7th and will operate three times weekly via Harare International Airport in Zimbabwe.
Kenyan Airways Country Manager for Zambia and Malawi Stephen Ngamau confirmed the development at a media briefing in Lusaka today.
Mr. Ngamau said as a leading airline in Africa, Kenyan Airways was continually working on expanding its business footprint in the continent in order to encourage sustainable development.
He said this was why the airline was continually opening up new routes to unlock this development adding that the new destination was part of the airline’s move to boost its footprint in the southern African region.
Mr. Ngamau said the new route will mainly target tourists going to view the scenic Victoria Falls in Livingstone.
He further disclosed that Kenyan Airways will kick off its operations to Livingstone under flight code KQ 780 departing from Nairobi at 12:35 hours, 15:35 hours and 17:40 hours respectively.
He said the flights will be on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
And Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB) Managing Director Felix Chaila said the intended launch of the new flight was bound to promote intra-regional packaging of tourism products and services in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region which extends to the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Mr. Chaila said the commencement of the direct flight to Livingstone will add another dimension to the tourism industry in the city and the rest of the country.
He noted that the flight will enhance tourism circuits within Africa’s southern and eastern regions adding that this will greatly enhance Livingstone as a competitive tourist destination.
Kenyan Airways currently flies to two destinations in the country and these are Lusaka and Ndola.