KLM to stop Lusaka and Harare flights

KLM Airlines is withdrawing from the Lusaka and Harare route. According to a statement, KLM will stop operating flights to Lusaka and Harare in October.

“KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will stop operating flight services to Lusaka and Harare effective October 28, 2014,” according to the statement. “Recent optimisations in KLM’s network portfolio in East Africa led to the decision to discontinue direct services from Amsterdam to Lusaka and Harare.”

KLM began operating services to Lusaka on May 15, 2012 with three weekly flights using Airbus A330-200. On October 29, 2012, the operation was restructured to serve Harare, Zimbabwe, and Lusaka to Amsterdam.

KLM’s Lusaka to Amsterdam route which was the sole direct flight from Lusaka into Europe, resulted into reducing the number of passengers flying into Europe via Nairobi.