Proflight Zambia, a prominent airline in the region, has announced the resumption of its scheduled flights to Kasama in the Northern Province of Zambia. This decision comes on the heels of the completion of crucial runway and terminal infrastructure upgrades at Kasama’s airport.
Starting from March 19th, 2024, Proflight will operate scheduled flights twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, using its 29-seat twin-turbo prop Jetstream 41 aircraft.
The flights will provide a direct connection between Lusaka and Kasama, offering increased accessibility to the Northern Province.
The Tuesday service will depart from Lusaka at 08:00 hrs, reaching Kasama at 09:30 hrs. On Thursdays, there will be a flight via Mansa, departing Lusaka at 08:00 hrs and arriving in Kasama at 10:25 hrs.
The return flights from Kasama to Lusaka will depart on Thursday at 10:50 hrs (direct) and on Tuesday at 09:55 hrs (via Mansa), ensuring flexibility for travelers.
Proflight Director of Flight Operations, Captain Josias Walubita, expressed gratitude to the government, including the Zambia Airports Corporation and Zambia Civil Aviation Authority (ZCAA), for their efforts in upgrading the runway.
He acknowledged the substantial undertaking and significant investment, welcoming the reopening of the crucial Kasama airport.
Proflight previously operated the Kasama route using a 12-seat Caravan aircraft until 2017 when the airport closed for construction. The airline hopes to replicate the success it has seen in servicing Mansa, where it currently operates daily.
President Hakainde Hichilema officially commissioned the Kasama airport in November 2023, recognizing its pivotal role in the economic expansion of the Northern circuit.
President Hichilema emphasized the airport’s significance in attracting investment, particularly in tourism, mining, and agriculture, contributing substantially to poverty reduction in the region.
Kasama, as an important provincial capital in Northern Province, now enjoys the only scheduled air access, providing convenient transportation for both business and leisure travelers.
Proflight’s service opens up opportunities for exploration, offering easy access to Northern waterfalls, Shiwa Ng’andu, Kapishya Hot Springs, Lake Tanganyika, Mpulungu Port, and the Kalambo Falls – the second-highest drop waterfall in Africa.
Proflight Zambia looks forward to the continued growth of the Kasama route, aiming to provide world-class services and solidify its role as a key player in Zambia’s tourism and economic development, ensuring timely and convenient transportation services for the region.