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  Oct 13, 2023   admin

Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) served 403,395 passengers in Q1 of 2023

compared to 265,185 passengers in 2022, 126,188 passengers in 2021, 325,561

passengers in 2020 and 404,581 passengers in 2019. The passenger statistics in Q1 of

2023 represented an overall recovery of 99.7% to pre-COVID-19 levels, compared to

recovery levels of 66% in 2022 and 31% in 2021. Overall international passengers

recovered by 96% while domestic passengers recovered by 117% with Kenneth Kaunda

International Airport (KKIA) and Solwezi Airport recording the highest recovery rates at

111% and 105%, respectively. Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport (HMNIA)

which serves the tourism industry still records the least recovery at 47% of 2019 levels.

Air passenger forecasts remain optimistic, with passenger numbers expected to reach

pre-pandemic levels on most routes by December 2023.

The passenger performance in Q1 of 2023 was mostly driven by the relaxation of COVID19 measures internationally and locally such as the complete removal of proof of

vaccination for vaccinated individuals and PCR test requirement for unvaccinated

individuals. Further, the removal of COVID-19 restrictions for Chinese domestic and

international travel augurs well with the continued strong industry recovery resulting in a

surge in the number of people traveling to China, possibly for the first time since the onset

of the pandemic.

Zambia targets over 1.5 million international tourists in the 2023 marketing campaign

launched by the Zambia Tourism Agency (ZTA) to accelerate recovery. The growth will

be driven by increased budgetary support from Government for marketing activities, VISA

waiver for specific source markets and increased consumer confidence in tourism

products. Additionally, ZTA and Emirates have signed a Memorandum of Understanding

(MoU) to jointly promote tourism and boost visitor arrivals to Zambia by leveraging

Emirates’ extensive global network of 140 destinations.

ZACL will continue working in partnership with players from various sectors to help make

Zambia a destination of choice for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions

(MICE), which have been key in boosting passenger numbers towards the pre-COVID19 levels.

A total of 4,205 tonnes of cargo and mail went through ZACL airports in Q1 representing

a growth of 16% when compared to the same period in 2022 when 3,632 tonnes were

recorded. The rate of recovery when compared to 2019 levels when 5,101 tonnes were

recorded, is at 82%.

About Zambia Airports Corporation Limited

Zambia Airports Corporation Limited was established in 1989 through the amendment of

the Aviation Act, Chapter 444 of the Laws of Zambia which has been repealed and

replaced by the Aviation Act No. 5 of 2016. It is also incorporated under the Companies

Act No. 10 of 2017.

The Corporation’s mandate is to develop, maintain and manage the four designated

international airports, namely Kenneth Kaunda in Lusaka, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe in

Ndola, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula in Livingstone and Mfuwe, three strategic and seven

provincial aerodromes and the provision of Air Navigation Services within the Zambian


For further information contact:

Mweembe Sikaulu (Ms)

Communications and Brand Manager; cell: +26 0964 629463