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About Zambezi Airlines

Zambezi Airlines was a Zambian private airline which had its headquarters in Lusaka. The airline was founded in July 2008 and operated flights to South and West Africa from its base airport Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

In November 2011, the airline licence of the airline was removed and the airline was suspended due to safety issues. As a result, the airline was dismantled in 2012.

Baggage Allowance

Carry-on Baggage

Before Zambezi Airlines ceased operations, passengers were permitted 1 piece of carry-on baggage weighing no more than 10kg. Infants under the age of 2 were allowed to bring 5kg of carry-on baggage.

Passengers were permitted one piece of carry-on baggage with a weight limit of 10kg and the combined dimensions (length, width, height) could not exceed 115 cm (55 x 45 x 20 cm). Additionally, passengers were allowed to bring a personal item into the cabin, including a woman's handbag or document folder, reading materials, baby food, an umbrella or walking stick, a coat or cloak, crutches if necessary and a camera, video camera, or laptop.

Checked Baggage

While Zambezi Airlines was operating, passengers were allowed to check-in up to 32kg of checked baggage (1 piece) in Economy Class and up to 42kg of checked baggage in Business Class. Infants (aged under 2 years) were permitted up to 10kg of checked baggage.

Excess Baggage

Excess baggage was charged at a rate of $6 per kilogram. Passengers could bring up to 100 kg of excess baggage when flying with Zambezi Airlines, but this was subject to availability on the aircraft.

Cabin Classes

Economy Class

Economy Class with Zambezi Airlines would have consisted of standard seating and an economy level of service. Passengers were offered a snack and complimentary beverages including juices, water, tea and coffee.

Premier Business Class

Zambezi Airlines' 'Premier Business' class offered a range of premium amenities, including separate check-in facilities, access to business lounges at international airports, a more generous baggage allowance of 42 kg for checked luggage and up to 10 kg for hand baggage, flexibility to change travel dates without penalties, a dedicated cabin with 2 x 2 seating, comfortable wide seats with adjustable headrests, wardrobe space, a selection of wines and spirits, meals served on china crockery and the option to order special meals such as vegetarian, diabetic, or salt-free options, although Moslem or Kosher meals were only available on flights from Johannesburg, with passengers being asked to specify meal preferences when booking.

Food and Drink

Passengers flying with Zambezi Airlines were offered a snack and complimentary beverages including juices, water, tea and coffee during the flight.

Special Meals

Special meals were only available to passengers flying in Premier Business Class. Special meals included vegetarian, diabetic, or salt-free options. Muslim and Kosher meals were only available on flights from Johannesburg, with passengers being asked to specify meal preferences while booking their flight.

Check-in Information

Online Check-in

Zambezi Airlines did not offer online check-in. Passengers would have had to check-in at the airport.

Airport Check-in

For international flights, the airport check-in desks opened three hours before the scheduled departure time, except for flights departing from Dar es Salaam, where they opened two hours in advance. The check-in counters closed 60 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

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Destinations that Zambezi Airlines flew to

Zambezi Airlines used to operate flights to several destinations in Southern and Eastern Africa, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Lilongwe, Harare, Lubumbashi, Lusaka and Ndola.

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Hub Airport

Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

Kenneth Kaunda International Airport is one of Zambia’s international airport, and is based in Lusaka. It has previously been named Lusaka International Airport until 2011 where it was renamed in honour of the president.

The airline is currently a hub for Proflight Zambia, Royal Zambian Airlines and Mahogany Air, but also operates flights for a number of airlines including RwandAir, Ethiopian Airlines, AirlinkMalawian Airlines and Kenya Airways.


At the time that it ceased operations, Zambezi Airlines operated its flights with the following aircraft in its fleet:

  • 1 x Bombardier CRJ-200ER
  • 3 x Boeing 737-500
  • 1 x Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia