Local Airline Mahogany Air has announced plans to resume flights after it grounded operations on April 1st 2020 due to the Covid 19 outbreak.
And Mahogany Air has disclosed that it has been losing about K5 million in revenue weekly due to the grounding of its planes.
Announcing the development at a media briefing in Lusaka this morning, Mahogany Air Chief Executive Officer, Jim Belemu indicated that as the airline plans to resume its operations, it will ensure safety and security of both clients and staff and will operate under the new normal as guided by President Edgar Lungu.
Dr. Belemu said the airline intends to resume flights on 15th June 2020 and that between now and then, it will assess the demand of air transport.
He said the airline arrived at a decision to commence operations after its assessment showed that 25% of big businesses depend on air transport.
Meanwhile, Dr. Belemu says the airline will be running at a loss as it will be carrying less passengers on its 30 seater planes in an effort to promote social distancing.
He further disclosed that mahogany has written to government to consider giving the airline some relief as it resumes operations such as waiving of certain taxes and reducing Jet A1 fuel.