Transport & Aviation

Zambia’s President Re-opens Airports

 

Mahogany Airline says the re-opening of Airports by President Edgar Lungu has brought hope to the industry as the company will resume its flights across the country.

Mahogany Company Chief Executive Officer, Jim Belemu says about 40 percent of most businesses rely on airlines for their operations, hence the reopening is timely.

Dr. Belemu says President Lungu’s speech brings back life to the economy with the tourism industry also set to benefit among others.

He has told ZNBC News that Mahogany will now resume full operations because it has been operating outside normal hours flying into Ndola and Mansa because the airports have been closed.

The Mahogany CEO said his company wants to take part in Zambia’s economic recovery amidst Covid-19.

Dr. Belemu said the airline has put in place various measures to avert covid-19 such as wearing of face masks during flights by all passengers, disinfecting the planes before and after flights, and a special seating arrangement for passengers among others.

And Justine Akakulubelwa reports that the Livingstone Tourism Association -LTA- has welcomed President Lungu’s directive to reopen all international airports in Zambia with immediate effect.

Association Chairperson, Rodney Sikumba says the move is long overdue and timely, especially that it has been done before the Heroes and Unity holidays.

Mr Sikumba says the reopening of the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport and the Victoria Falls will stimulate the tourism sector, as advised by President Lungu during his last visit to the Tourist Capital.