2.2 Zambia Aviation


There are four international airports and forty-six aerodromes across the country of varying capacity. Govt through the civil aviation authority (CAA) is also repurposing some of the Military airbases for civilian use. The recently repurposed airbase is Mbala which was operated by the Zambia Air Force (ZAF).

The Kenneth Kaunda International Airport is Zambia’s main airport connecting the country with the rest of the world and is the only airport that handles air cargo.  This is complimented by three smaller international airports at Ndola, Livingstone and Mfuwe, as well as secondary airfields at Chipata, Kitwe, Kasama, Mongu, Solwezi and Mansa. Zambia has no national airline but is served by a number of airlines that connect to international routes via Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, London, Amsterdam, Dubai and Dar-Es-Salaam.  Though Govt announced its intention to relaunch the former Zambia Airways way back in 2016, plans have not materialized yet despite identifying an equity partner.  Proflight Zambia is a privately run airline with proposed regional flights to Johannesburg and Congo DRC and local flights to various destinations within the country. The country recently adapted an “open sky policy” and is currently promoting the establishment of an air cargo hub for the Southern African region in Lusaka.

Government has embarked on a program to improve the infrastructure at all the international airports. This is being done in collaboration with private sector participation. The developments include the runways, terminals and auxiliary facilities in and around the airports such as hotels, shopping malls, conference facilities etc. Scope for private sector participation in development of airports also exists at the identified airfields at Chipata, Kitwe, Kasama, Mongu, Solwezi and Mansa though is scheduled over the next five to ten years.

The International Airports in Zambia are operated by Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) in cooperation with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) under the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The national level airstrips have also been taken over by ZACL following recent reforms.

Lusaka – Kenneth Kaunda International Airport:

Lusaka City Airport – exclusively for government and diplomatic and operated by the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) uses

Livingstone – Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport

Strategic location at the border with Zimbabwe, and Botswana in a high tourist area. The new terminal building was completed in 2016 and is in full operation.

Mfuwe Airport

Ndola Airport This international airport is being replaced with a completely new airport that is under construction to the west of the city and is estimated to be complete in 2022.

Key airport information may also be found at:

For more information on government agency and airport company contact information, please see the following links: 4.1 Zambia Government Contact List and 4.5 Zambia Airport Companies Contact List.

Procedures for Foreign Registered Aircraft

Use of Airspace clearance Form issued by ZAF is required for all foreign aircraft. 

For more information on procedures for foreign registered aircraft, please see the following attachments: 

Zambia Airspace Application Form

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