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Zambian Airlines is a Zambian air carrier, operating scheduled passenger flights from Zambia. The airline was officially incorporated in May 2020, and is the sister company to Royal Air Charters, which (since 2007) has been Zambia’s premier provider of private air travel.

The airline aims to offer the ‘best-in-class’, providing the highest level of service and ensuring all passengers have a premium experience. The airline has a jet capability for fifty passengers, onboard its Embraer 145LR.

As of 2022, Royal Zambian Airlines currently operates scheduled flights between Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, and Johannesburg, in South Africa. The inaugural flight took place in December 2020.

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Baggage Policy

Baggage policies apply for passengers flying with Royal Zambian Airlines.

Carry-on Baggage

You are allowed one piece of 8kg carry-on luggage, which will need to be measured and weighed at check-in, to ensure it fits either under the seats or in the overhead storage compartments.

Infants sitting on lap, are allowed 1 carry-on bag (2kg max) on-board.

Checked Baggage

The airline offers a generous 30kg of complimentary checked baggage allowance, which may be spread across 2 pieces of luggage. No single piece of luggage may weigh more than 23kg.

Infants sitting on lap, are allowed a 10kg checked-in baggage along with a car seat or buggy free of charge.

Cabin Classes

The airline only provides 1 cabin, which has standard seating.

The airline’s aim is to make its brand synonymous with luxury and reliability, providing customers with a high-class experience. This includes generous baggage allowance, and greater ticket flexibility. The airline allows customers to change their travel plans up to 24 hours before departure, with flexible tickets.

What are seats like?

The carrier’s flight attendants will show you to your seat, where you can sit back and relax in comfortable, padded seating. Seats are configured in a 2-1 formation. The cabin has been designed and re-fitted to provide a light, bright, and comfortable flying experience.


Royal Zambian Airlines passengers must check in at the airport since the airline doesn't offer online check in.

Online Check-in

The airline does not currently offer online check-in.

Airport Check-in

You are advised to arrive 2 hours prior to flight departure. Check-in closes 1 hour prior to departure. In Johannesburg, the airline’s check-in point is located at Terminal A in O.R. Tambo International Airport. From Lusaka, Royal Zambian Airlines operates flights from The Main Terminal at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

Special Assistance

Travelling Whilst Pregnant

You can travel whilst your pregnant, however between your 28th and 36th week of pregnancy you'll need a travel certificate stating from your doctor that you are able to travel without being at risk as well as signing the Indemnity Form. The certificate should include the expected date. After your 36th week of pregnancy we recommend not travelling unless you have important circumstances.

Travel may be denied if you can't provide us with the travel certificate, so ensure to have this ready on-board.

In-Flight Entertainment

During the 1 hour and 50-minute flight, you will be served exceptional, complimentary meals, as well as hot or cold beverages.


WiFi is not currently available onboard the aircraft.

Alternatives to Royal Zambian Airlines

The route between Lusaka and Johannesburg is already served daily by Proflight Zambia, and Airlink, and RwandAir. Other airlines operating in Zambia include Zambian Airways. The following airlines also operate international flights from Zambia:

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Hub Airport

Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) is a large international airport serving the city of Lusaka, in Zambia. It is located about 16 miles northeast of the city centre of Lusaka. The airport is the biggest in Zambia and has a capacity of 6 million hence why it serves a hub a for a couple of Zambian Airlines. As well as being a hub for Royal Zambian airlines, the airport is also a hub airport for: Proflight Zambia and Mahogany Air.

The airport opened in 1967 as Lusaka Internatioal Airport, however in 2011, it was renamed to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport after the nation's first president. The airport has 2 terminals: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Terminal 1 operates domestic flights, and the new, Terminal 2 operates all international flights and has over 5 gates.

Top Tip: Looking for flights within Zambia? Royal Zambian Airlines only operates scheduled flights between Lasaka and South Africa. If you’re looking for flights within Zambia, take a look at our guide to domestic flights within Zambia for more information, including an airline guide, airport information and FAQs.


The airline will operate scheduled passenger flights with its medium-range Embraer 145LR, which has a capacity of 50 passengers. It will also be supported by the carrier’s 30-seater twin-turboprop Embraer 120 ER.

Frequently asked questions

Who owns Royal Zambian Airlines?

Royal Zambian Airlines was founded in May 2020. Royal Air Charters based in Lusaka, Zambia is the parent company of Royal Zambian Airline. The airline is currently only operating flights from Lusaka, Zambia to Johannesburg vice versa. The aim of Royal Zambian Airlines is to become Zambia's top travelling choice, by offering a luxiourious and excellent service. Although the airline only flies to 2 destinantions, 4 times a week, it plans to grow and expand its fleet and routes, by keeping safety the biggest prioirty.

How can I book flights with Royal Zambian Airlines?

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What are the flights like with Royal Zambian Airlines?

There are so many positive reviews in flying with Royal Zambian Airlines. You can will receive fantastic customer service from all Royal Zambian Airline members. The airline provides a safe and stress free journey and aims to keep all its flights to its scheduled times. Sit back and enjoy the flight on comfortable padded seats.