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Zambia Airlines, also known as Zambian Airways, is a newly relaunched airline, that resumed flights in 2021 after previously ceasing operations in 1995. It's the newest flag carrier for Zambia offering domestic and regional routes after Zambian Airways ceased operations in 1995. Zambia has the backing of Ethiopian Airlines which has a stake in the airline, providing the airline with a fleet of aircraft, pilots and crew. 

The airline has resumed operations with a fleet of three aircraft, consisting of two DHC Dash-8-Q400s and one Boeing 737-800.

Zambia Airlines operates 5 regularly scheduled flights within Zambia. These destinations include Lusaka, Livingstone, Ndola, Johannesburg and Solwezi. 

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Baggage Policy

Baggage policies for Zambia Airlines have yet to be confirmed.

Carry-on Baggage

There is no specific information about Zambian Airlines' carry-on baggage allowance however most airlines allow passengers to bring one piece of carry-on luggage and one personal item, such as a purse or laptop bag, into the cabin.

Additional baggage fees may apply in the event of a stopover on an international itinerary.

Checked Baggage

For all flights across the Atlantic (outbound and return, as well as transfers), the maximum weight limit per single checked baggage with Zambia Airlines is 32 kg for business class and 23 kg for economy class. Baggage exceeding these weight limits will not be accepted for check-in.

These weight limits do not change the maximum weight limit for the free baggage allowance.

Cabin Classes

Zambia Airlines has relaunched with 2 cabin classes - these are Economy and Business.

Economy Class

Zambia Airlines' Economy Class is the standard seating option for passengers. It provides a more cost-effective way to travel, with standard-sized seats and a range of services and amenities. While economy class may not have the same level of luxury as business class, it remains a popular choice for many travellers going to/from Zambia.

Business Class

Business Class offers a more premium and comfortable travel experience. Passengers in this class often enjoy larger, more comfortable seats, extra legroom, upgraded in-flight amenities and gourmet dining. Zambia Airlines, like many other airlines, may have priority check-in, lounge access and other perks for business class passengers.


Exact check-in information is yet to be confirmed, however, it's been said that online check-in won't be necessary.

Online Check-in

Online check-in before your flight isn't required when travelling with the airline.

Airport Check-in

Zambia Airlines has yet to publish an announcement regarding recommended check-in times. However, in most instances, it is recommended that passengers arrive as early as possible, usually about 2 hours before scheduled departure.

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Destinations that Zambia Airlines flies to

As of September 2021, the airline has scheduled flights to 5 destinations within Africa. Popular destinations include Lusaka, Livingstone, Ndola and Solwezi. The airline operates regular flights to and within Zambia.

Alternatives to Zambia Airlines

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Hub Airport

Lusaka Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

Lusaka 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. As well as being a hub for Zambia Airlines, the airport is a hub for Proflight Zambia and Mahogany Air.

Top Tip: Looking for flights within Zambia? Zambia Airlines only operates scheduled flights between Lusaka 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.


As of September 2021, the airline will operate 3 aircraft:

  • 1 x Boeing 737-800 (162 passengers per aircraft)
  • 2 x DHC Dash-8-Q400 (80 passengers per aircraft)

Frequent Flyer Programme

The airline does not currently offer a frequent flyer program.

Airline Alliance

The airline is not currently part of an airline alliance program.


29th September 2023

Zambia Airways takes delivery of first B737-800

Zambia Airlines, also known as Zambia Airways, is celebrating a significant milestone as it acquires its first locally registered Boeing 737-800, signalling its entry into the African regional market and ambitions for future expansion. This achievement reflects the airline's successful relaunch in 2021, dispelling doubts and showcasing its commitment to delivering a top-notch travel experience and enhancing Zambia's presence in the aviation sector. The government's collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines has played a pivotal role in the relaunch and restructuring, aiming to restore Zambia Airways to its former glory of the 1970s.

Frequently asked questions

Is Zambia Airlines the same as Zambia Airways?

Zambia Airways was the flag carrier of Zambia - it operated flights from the early 1960s up until 1995. The airline then successfully relaunched as Zambia Airlines in 2021 and still uses the Zambia Airways branding to this day.

What airlines fly to Lusaka, Zambia?

Zambia Airlines operates flights to and from Lusaka on a regular basis. The airline is based in Lusaka. From Lusaka, Zambia Airlines flies to Solwezi, Livingstone, Ndala and Johannesburg.

What happened to Zambia Airlines?

Before relaunching in 2021, Zambia Airlines (also known as Zambia Airways) ceased operations in 1995 due to financial difficulties caused by the Gulf War and the easing of sanctions on South Africa. The government was forced to initiate the liquidation process for the airline in 1994 due to its increasing debts and financial losses.