PROFLIGHT ZAMBIA DIRECT COPPERBELT-MANSA ROUTE TAKES OFF
The development is part of the airline’s expansion plan to provide more travel options to domestic customers
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Proflight Zambia has officially launched its newest route, direct flights between Ndola and Mansa with connections to and from Lusaka. The airline previously operated the Ndola-Mansa route from 2010 to 2015.
Speaking during the launch, Luapula Province Minister Hon. Derrick Chilunduka said: “Proflight Zambia has remained consistent and true to its mandate despite the challenges. Luapula and the Northern Circuit stand to benefit greatly from the airline’s decision to fly here, with many Zambians and international travellers alike now able to travel to the circuit with ease and to take advantage of the amazing business opportunities and experiences the province has to offer.
“I therefore urge you all to travel and explore this side of the country more than ever before. There is no excuse now we have a convenient and reliable option for travel.” Speaking at the same event, Proflight Zambia Director Flight Operations Captain Josias Walubita said the route was expected to create an efficient corridor to the once-closed off northern circuit, facilitating improved trade and helping boost tourism in Luapula Province.
He said: ‘’In addition to bringing people to Mansa, we are also excited to provide much-needed connectivity to the people of Luapula Province. We are confident the re-introduction of this route will greatly benefit the people of Luapula and stimulate the growth of trade and industry.’’ Captain Walubita added that the relaunch of the route signified the strong confidence the airline had in the growth of the local aviation industry and the economy.
‘’Air transport has a positive effect on Zambia’s economy and the travel and tourism industry that plays an important part in that economy. And Proflight remains committed to providing air transport connectivity to all the ten provinces of Zambia.’’Travellers can enjoy easy travel to Mansa starting March 24, 2022, every Tuesday and Thursday from Ndola departing at 07:45hrs and arriving at 08:30hrs in Mansa. And an additional flight on Thursday from Ndola departing at 10:15hrs and arriving in Mansa at 11:00hrs.
The route will be serviced by Proflight’s British Aerospace Jetstream aircraft. These aircraft are twin-turboprops with a pressurised fuselage. The Jetstream aircraft are the ideal aircraft for this type of route, offering speed, comfort and reliability, said Capt. Walubita.
The airline also has plans to commence scheduled operations to Kasama and/or Mbala in the second quarter of 2022 and is also looking at expanding its connections to Mongu.