Zambia Airways (ZN, Lusaka) launches international operations on March 28 with a regional route to Harare International, the capital of Zimbabwe, the airline announced on social media.

The carrier's online schedule reveals that flights between Lusaka and Harare will run 3x weekly, on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, using a DHC-8-Q400. This follows its recent announcement that it had secured long-awaited foreign operator permits.

Plans to debut regional services in July 2022 were delayed by lengthy regulatory processes to obtain the FOPs, a situation eventually resolved when Zambia's President Hakainde Hichilema stepped in to negotiate with his counterparts to the south.

Other regional routes in the booking system - but not yet scheduled - are Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (South Africa), Addis Ababa International (Ethiopia), Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta and Mombasa (Kenya), and Kinshasa N'Djili (DRC).

Zambia Airways is a joint venture between Ethiopian Airlines and the Zambian government through the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). The carrier currently operates two DHC-8-Q400s owned by Ethiopian Airlines, the ch-aviation fleets module shows, so far on domestic routes from Lusaka to Livingstone, Ndola International, and Solwezi. Mfuwe is also in the booking system but not yet scheduled.