Transport and Logistics Minister Frank Tayali says Government has set out an agenda to improve aviation infrastructure and commercialization to ensure maximum returns and enhance socio economic development.
Mr. Tayali however says Zambia has made significant investments in aviation infrastructure with a view to improving the passenger experience and enhancing safety and security as required by the aviation sub sector.
He said this during the inaugural flight of South African Airways which had stopped flying to Zambia the past 18 months.
Mr. Tayali expressed confidence that the airline will increase the frequency of flights coming into Zambia.
He further stated that Zambia has so far commissioned operations in the new terminal two at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and will next month commission operations at the green field new Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport.
The Minister said South African Airways flight into the country is symbolic of strong relations shared between Zambia and South Africa.
And South African Airways Country Manager Vincent Mupwaya said the decision to halt flights was due to the ravaging effects of the Covid-19.
Mr. Mupwaya however noted that all would be passengers on South African Airways should get vaccinated for Covid-19 as a way to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile South Africa’s High Commissioner to Zambia George Twala said Zambia and his country share a mutual relationship which also facilitates for trade and investment.
He said the relations between the two countries have been tested over the years but there is still the need to strengthen it.
And Zambia Airports Corporation Managing Director Fumu Mondoloka commended the airline for resuming flights to Zambia.