The wonders of Zambia’s largest national park – Kafue – will be more accessible thanks to the new route being launched by Proflight Zambia from July 1.
News of the new service to the remote Busanga Plains was enthusiastically received on Proflight’s Facebook and Twitter pages - @proflightzambia - with followers expressing their delight the opportunity fly to the park rather than undertake the long journey by road.
Driving times to Busanga, which is in the north of the park, can take up to 15 hours, compared with the two-hour flight with Proflight’s twice-weekly scheduled journey from Lusaka.
Proflight Zambia has completed the first step towards gaining the top safety accreditation standard in the international aviation industry, paving the way for it to be exempt from the European Union ban on Zambian registered aircraft flying to Europe.
The airline, last week completed the first of three workshops approved under the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) initiative.
IOSA is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. It is based on industry proven quality audit principles and designed to ensure that each audit is conducted in a standardised manner in order to achieve consistent results.
Proflight Zambia’s new 50-seater jet aircraft recently began operating scheduled flights heralding a new milestone for the airline and greater comfort for passengers.
The Bombardier CRJ-100 aircraft, which was originally introduced on a trial basis in October 2014 to coincide with the 50th Independence celebrations, is now being brought back by the airline on a long-term basis due to popular demand.
The latest addition to the Proflight Zambia fleet means the airline now has a broader range of aircraft in its fleet as well as an ability to carry a larger number of passengers on a single flight.