Kenyan Airways launches L/stone – Cape town route
KENYAN Airways yesterday launched the Livingstone- Cape Town route and promised to help promote tourism and trade between Zambia and East Africa.
And Government says it plans to introduce incentives for those who want to invest in the tourism sector.
Kenyan Airways launched the inaugural flight to Cape Town via Livingstone which will fly three times in a week.
Speaking in Livingstone yesterday during the launch of the flight, Southern Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu said the development is a mark of Kenyan Airways’ confidence in the Zambian market.
He said the flight would help market Livingstone as the tourist capital of Zambia.
“ We hope the Zambian Tourism Agency ( ZTA) will take such an opportunity to market Livingstone because we have international airlines that are coming in and going out,” he said.
Mr Mubukwanu said Government will give incentives to those who want to invest in the tourism sector so that they can create more jobs for Zambians.
And Kenyan Airways chief executive officer Mbuvi Ngunze said tourism is important for Zambia and that there is need for Zambia to attract more tourists from the eastern part of Africa.
Mr Ngunze said connecting southern to eastern Africa is important for Kenyan Airways because it will help develop Africa.
He thanked the Zambian Government for allowing the airline to fly into Ndola, Lusaka and Livingstone.
Mr Ngunze said Kenyan Airways wants to drive tourism and trade in Zambia.
And speaking shortly after the launch, Livingstone Tourism Association chairperson Alexander Mutali said the newly introduced flight will link Zambia to Europe.
“ We are happy that Kenyan Airways will be flying from Livingstone to Cape Town, which is a hub of tourism,” he said “ At the moment, we are lagging as Zimbabwe is receiving more guests, but with the introduction of this flight we will also have a lot of tourists,” he said ZTA managing director Felix Chaila said connectivity is going to improve the tourism industry in the country.
Mr Chaila said ZTA will continue lobbying for more connectivity around Livingstone so that the options for the tourists increase.
“ We are also talking to airlines like Air Namibia to see if we can also interest them in doing what Kenyan Airways has done,” he said.