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Zambia airways to hit the skies soon

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Government has disclosed that Zambia’s aviation sector was projected to grow at the rate of 13 percent per annum before the outbreak of COVID-19, signifying it’s potential to contribute towards the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the creation of employment in the country.

Speaking at hand over of the Air Operators Certificates to the Zambia Airways 2014 Limited, Transport and Communications Minister Hon Mutotwe Kafwaya said that the Government has been working to position the country strategically so as to optimize the benefits from the projected growth in the aviation sector.

“Let me start by informing you that the Patriotic Front Government under the able leadership of His Excellency President Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, places huge emphasis on growing Zambia’s economy hence investing in the transport sector as it had been identified as a key area that will contribute towards national development. The establishment of the national airline and investments being made by the government in the transport sector are in line with the focus on the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP); and the national transport policy which aims at transforming Zambia into a transport and logistics hub in the Southern African region,” he said.

“Before COVID-19, Zambia’s aviation sector was projected to grow at the rate of 13 percent per annum, signifying the sector’s potential to contribute towards the country’s GDP and creation of employment in the country.”

Hon Kafwaya said the national airline is poised at catapulting growth of the tourism, horticulture, trade and manufacturing sectors as it will facilitate the creation of a convenient delivery schedule for the business and tourism.

He added that this will contribute to the fiscus through enhanced revenue expected in both new and traditional routes.

Zambia Airways Chief Executive Officer Bruk Endeshaw said this certificate is a key element to proceed with its operations as the company prepares to relaunch with flights expected once all due processes are concluded.

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