Zambian gov't says plan for operationalization of national airline remains

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LUSAKA, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Zambian government said on Thursday that its plan to re-launch a national airline is still on despite delays in commencing operations.

Minister of Transport and Communication Mutotwe Kafwaya said the government has done everything that was required to be done in order for the airline to start operating.

He said the government has signed relevant regional conventions as well as taken other important measures required for the airline to start operating.

"We have done everything which means that from a government perspective, we have enabled the environment for Zambia Airways to fly again," he said when he appeared on a live radio program on Hot FM Radio.

He added that the onus was now for the investors in the airline to decide when to start operating, adding that the government has nothing to do with deciding on when it will be launched.

"It is not for the government to determine because the airline is a commercial entity, a joint venture," he added.

The airline is a joint venture between the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a government investment agency and Ethiopian Airlines.

In 2018 the government entered into a joint partnership with Ethiopian Airlines on a 55/45 deal.

Last year, the government attributed the delay to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zambia has had no national carrier since 1994, when its airline, Zambia Airways, was liquidated. Enditem

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