According to the Minister of Transport and Communication Honourable Mutotwe Kafwaya says 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 Zambia’s aviation sector was projected to grow at the rate of 13 percent per annum, before the COVID – 19 outbreaks, which signified the sectors’ potential to contribute towards the country’s GDP and job creation.
He added that the national airline will spur growth in the tourism, horticulture, trade, and manufacturing sectors as it will facilitate the creation of a convenient delivery schedule for the business and tourism.
Hon Kafwaya said this today when he presented Zambia Airways with the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) which was granted by the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority.
The certificate is a pre-requisite and mandatory level to proceed with other activities such as securing IATA official codes, system configuration, obtaining Foreign Operators Permit (FOP) from regional destinations, and other commercial and operational activities.
Meanwhile, IDC Group CEO Mr. Mateyo Kaluba says he is delighted that Zambia Airways has achieved yet another milestone towards the commercial ope-rationalization of the national airline.
He commended the Board and Management of Zambia Airways for meeting all the regulatory requirements which resulted in the issuance of the certificate. He further urged the Board to quickly fulfill all the other remaining processes.
Mr. Kaluba said he looked toward when the Board would announce the official launch of the airline.