Airlink plans to increase intra-African travel

Posted on 17 October 2023

Independent regional airline Airlink has opened offices in Lusaka and Gaborone to increase customer service in Zambia and Botswana.

The new country offices will provide customers ticketing, flight reservations, and special services assistance.

The airline operates 40 weekly return flights to Ndola, Livingstone, and Lusaka in Zambia and 50 weekly return flights to Kasane, Maun, and Gaborone in Botswana.

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Policymakers plan to increase intra-Africa travel to ensure job creation and economic growth under the African Continental Free Take Area (AfCFTA), reports TravelNews.

Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, CEO of the Tourism Business Council and South Africa and Interim Chair of the SADC Business Council Tourism Alliance, said, ‘Aviation is not simply about covering distances; it’s about bridging economic gaps. In Africa, where air travel accounts for just 2% of the global market, the potential for aviation to transform economies is immense. IATA estimates that a 10% increase in air connectivity can boost a country’s GDP by 0.5%.’

A survey reported that if 12 African countries increased connectivity, 155,000 new jobs would be created, and annual GDP would generate $1.3 billion.

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