PROFLIGHT PLANNING LUSAKA – DAR ES SALAAM FLIGHTS
(Posted 18th September 2013)
Sources in Zambia have confirmed that Proflight Zambia has set the 23rd of October as the launch date for their second international route from Lusaka to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This will follow the earlier launch of flights from Lusaka to Lilongwe in Malawi where according to information provided Proflight will this month increase their flights from three to four per week.
This will be the only direct flight between Zambia and Tanzania after Precision Air withdrew from this route which operated via Lubumbashi in Congo DR but failed to get viable numbers due to the use of a much larger B737-300 at the time.
Initially Proflight will operate every Monday and Friday, leaving Lusaka at 08.00 hrs in the morning, arriving in Tanzania’s commercial capital at 12.20 hrs. The return flight should then take off at 13.00 hrs, landing back in Lusaka at 15.20 hrs, all times local, taking a one hour time difference into account.
Zambia and Tanzania have long standing relations and are also connected through the Chinese built TAZARA Railway, which was constructed in the 1970’s to give Zambia, a landlocked country, easier access for their copper and other bulk exports to the port of Dar es Salaam.
Proflight, which now operate 9 aircraft including a recently acquired B737, has said the route, their 11th overall with 9 of them on domestic routes, will be operated with their 29 seater Jetstream 41 turboprop aircraft. The Dar es Salaam service offers easy connections to other Proflight destinations like Livingstone and Ndola, among others. Additional international services are according to the source planned for Johannesburg and Harare, once traffic rights have been secured. Happy Landing to the new service at both ends, always.