Proflight Zambia has welcomed the removal of 5 per cent customs duty on aviation fuel and passed this on to passengers by cutting fares across the board.
The airline has announced that its ticket prices will drop by 5 per cent with immediate effect following the government’s elimination of duty that came into effect on January 1 this year.
The goodwill gesture to passengers comes despite the fact that fuel represents around 30 percent of Proflight’s costs, and thus overall savings to the airline are only around 1.5 percent of total costs. In addition, fuel stocks from 2014 are still being used, hence the duty removal has not yet been passed on to the airline by suppliers.
Proflight Zambia has recently achieved silver status under the internationally recognised Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) audit system, confirming its status as a world-class airline.
The award comes after the airline passed a series of rigorous international aviation safety audits, conducted over the past four years by BARS.
Proflight is the only Zambian airline to have been awarded the silver Basic Risk Standard by the Flight Safety Foundation, which provides a global industry benchmark for airline safety.
Proflight Zambia will begin flying to Kafue National Park this year, adding a tenth domestic destination to its schedule and opening up the area to tourism.
The new addition to the airline’s route network will provide a fast and reliable way for domestic and international tourists to enjoy the world-class safari and wilderness experiences of the park.
Proflight will begin operating flights during the dry season, when accessibility and wildlife viewing is at an annual peak, from July 1 to October 31, 2015.If successful it will look at more frequency and a longer season in 2016.Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to Chunga. The Lusaka – Chunga flight will leave Lusaka at 11:30, reaching Chunga at 12:45. The Chunga – Lusaka flight will leave at 13:05 and arrive in Lusaka at 14:20