When booking flights to Zambia, visitors are blessed with a diverse variety of airlines and destinations to suit their particular needs. With international airports in Lusaka, Livingstone, and Ndola, and a range of domestic ones scattered across the country, planning a holiday in Zambia is simple.
Here, we outline the three international airports, providing you with a list of airlines flying to Zambia, interesting facts, and more.
The Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Zambia’s capital – Lusaka – is the country’s largest. Renamed in 2011 after Zambia’s first president, it has a capacity of almost two million passengers annually. Located 15km northeast of the Lusaka CBD, it features both a Domestic and International terminal, and is the home-base for local airline Proflight Zambia.
In terms of international airlines, the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport is serviced by just Emirates and KLM, while on a regional level, it is serviced by Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, South African Airways, and Air Botswana, among others.
Together, these airlines connect Lusaka with Amsterdam and Dubai internationally, and Johannesburg, Harare, Windhoek, Gaborone, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Luanda, and Durban regionally, among others.
The Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, formerly the Livingstone Airport, is the closest airport to the legendary Victoria Falls. In 2015, the airport underwent a significant expansion and upgrade, with the introduction of an international terminal building.
International airlines flying to this airport include British Airways (operated by Comair), Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, SA Airlink, South African Airways, and Proflight Zambia. As such, the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport connects Livingstone with the cities of Nelspruit, Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Harare, Nairobi, and Lusaka.
Once known as the Ndola Airport, the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport is located in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province, near the country’s border with the DRC.
Originally set up as a military base for the British Royal Air Force in 1938, it was converted into a civilian airport in the 1950’s and renamed in 2011 after a former Zambian vice president.
On both an international and regional level, this airport serves Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, and Nairobi, while on a local level it connects the city of Ndola with Kasama, Lusaka, Solwezi and Mansa. Airlines making use of the airport include South African Airways, SA Airlink, Kenya Airways, Interair South Africa, Ethiopian Airlines, and Proflight Zambia.
While the Kenneth Kaunda, Harry Mwanga Nkumbula, and Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe airports are Zambia’s only international airports, the country also boasts a vast array of smaller, domestic airports in cities and towns such as Chipata, Solwezi, Kitwe, Mansa, and Kasama. These enable visitors the freedom to explore each and every corner of this magnificent country.
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