Turkish Airlines on Friday launched direct flights to Zambia.

The Turkish airline will be making two direct flights in a week between Istanbul, the Turkish capital, and Lusaka, the Zambian capital.

Brian Mushimba, Zambia’s Minister of Transport and Communication, who witnessed the arrival of the first flight at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, said the launch of the direct flights follows an agreement signed between President Edgar Lungu and his Turkish counterpart Recep Edorgan during the latter’s state visit to Zambia in July 2018.

He said the direct flights will bring a lot of benefits as they will give an opportunity for Zambia to export horticultural products as well as enhance trade and tourism between the two countries.

The government, he said, will give the Turkish Airlines all the necessary support, adding that the government is providing airlines establishing new routes with incentives.

Sebnem Incesu, Turkish Ambassador to Zambia, said the launch of the direct flights was a culmination of the support and cordial relations between leaders of the two countries.

According to her, Zambia will soon see concrete contributions of the direct flights such as promotion of culture and tourism of Zambia. Enditem

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