Proflight Zambia launched its inaugural direct flight from Lusaka to Durban at the 2015 World Routes Development Summit at the ICC today.
“Proflight’s new international destination brings opportunities to both cities because it offers travellers more access for both business and leisure. Durban is one of the most important destinations in the region for trade and leisure, and this flight offers good connectivity with our domestic flights too,” said Captain Phillip Lemba, Director of Governance Government and Industry Affairs at Proflight Zambia.
The occasion was strategically timed to coincide with the closing festivities of World Routes 2015.
The new flights will see Proflight Zambia add value to the existing routes that were established recently by SA Express which conducts regular flights between the Zambian capital Lusaka and King Shaka International Airport.
The new service between Durban and Zambia will enable South African visitors to travel to Lusaka conveniently either for business or leisure purposes. It also provides smooth transition between Lusaka and other key commercial and industrial centres in the rest of Zambia such as Ndola, Kitwe, Solwezi and Mfuwe.
Starting from 22 September 2015, Proflight will fly to Durban three times a week using its 50-seater CRJ-100 aircraft. Flight P0024 will leave Lusaka at 11h00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – arriving in Durban at 13h30h. The returning P0025 flight will leave Durban at 14h10 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and arrive in Lusaka at 16h40. On Sundays, P0023 will leave Durban at 12h00 and arrive back in Lusaka at 14h30.
The new flight is the second international route for Proflight Zambia and follows the launch of two domestic flights from Lusaka to Kitwe and Kafue National Park this year.
The announcement of the new Zambia Durban service is the third during the summit. On Sunday, Qatar Airways launched its flights between Doha and Durban via Johannesburg. The inaugural arrival is scheduled for December 17. It will connect Durban to 151 global destinations.
Turkish Airlines followed. The airline will establish new flight routes between Doha and King Shaka International Airport and Istanbul and King Shaka International Airport respectively, commencing as early as 15 November 2015.
Turkish Airlines is the national flag carrier of Turkey and, as of August 2015, it operates scheduled services to 277 destinations across the world and over 40 connections into Africa, making it the fourth-largest carrier in the world by number of destinations.
Turkish Airlines will operate a four time a week service with an Airbus A330-300 aircraft via Johannesburg. The airline plans to roll out a direct daily flight route as demand increases ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games that will be hosted by the City of Durban.