Zambezi Airlines is set to land its maiden flight at Cape Town International Airport today, Thursday 30 June 2011 at 17h10 and will celebrate its first departure tomorrow at 08h00. The airline is scheduled to depart three times a week on, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays directly to Livingstone in Zambia using a Boeing 737-500 aircraft.
“Recently, Turkish Airlines and Emirates Airlines have increased their number of flights and Air France also announced its non-stop flight between Cape Town International and Paris, Charles de Gaulle with three flights a week. Now Zambezi Airlines will also be flying three times a week. This is all positive news for the airport and Cape Town and certainly a testament to what we have to offer as a region in tourism and business,” said Deidre Hendricks, Cape Town International’s Communications Manager.
“The management and staff of Zambezi Airlines are extremely excited to be launching their latest route between Cape Town and Livingstone today. We are particularly proud that we are the first airline to launch the first direct flight between the ever-popular destination of Cape Town and Zambia’s adventure capital Livingstone, which is also home to the world famous Victoria Falls,” says Commercial Manager, Sidney Siwabamundi.
Zambezi Airlines becomes the first new member to join the Cape Town family in 2011 and will be joined by Air France in October. As is the tradition at Cape Town International, the airline will be welcomed with a water salute from Cape Town International Airport’s Fire Department. “Cape Town International Airport and its airport stakeholders take this opportunity to welcome Zambezi Airlines to Cape Town. We look forward to a wonderful partnership and a sound working relationship,” says Hendricks. “It is our fervent hope that our new route will make a significant contribution to the growth of tourist traffic between South Africa and Zambia,” added Siwabamundi.