NEW direct flights between Johannesburg and Ndola are expected to bring lower fares to the market.

Proflight Zambia will launch the direct connection on September 2. With an interline agreement with, this will further enhance connections within South Africa, says Proflight Zambia’s sales and marketing manager, Barbara Namwila.

The route is currently serviced by SAA and Airlink, with up to three flights a day between them. “More competition means better pricing,” says Andree Venter, travel manager at Corporate First Travel. She says, despite the lucrative nature of mining, mining companies operate within strict budgets, so any chance of better prices is welcome.

The route will be serviced three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Flights will depart

Ndola’s Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport at 08h05, arriving at OR Tambo International Airport at 10h35. The return flight departs JNB at 11h40, arriving in NLA at 14h10. The route will be serviced by a Bombardier CRJ with 50 economy-class seats.

In 2018, the Zambian government injected more than US$1 billion (R13bn) into upgrades for four major airports in the country, including Ndola