Emirates forges links between Zambia and China
Far East destinations most popular for travellers from Zambia
China has become one of the most popular destination countries for travellers from Zambia, according to Emirates, which flies daily direct from Lusaka to Dubai, connecting to eight-flights-a-day to destinations in China.
Emirates has become the airline of choice for Chinese nationals based in Zambia thanks to the carrier’s services through its Dubai hub to four destinations in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou.
“China is an important market for Emirates, which is the largest operator from Lusaka to China and the market is healthy and growing,” said Emirates Country Manager for Zambia Husain Alsafi.
Lusaka’s specialist Far Eastern travel agents are reporting record demand from Chinese expatriates looking for flights for business and leisure trips back home.
Zambian business people and traders are also discovering the advantages of travelling with Emirates to China.
Affordable fares and the opportunity to stopover in Dubai for shopping and leisure are particular attractions for clients, with the 96-hour visa in Dubai making the journey even smoother.
Other attractions include Emirates’ award-winning service from its international cabin crew from more than 120 countries, gourmet cuisine and its renowned ice inflight entertainment system, which offers passengers hundreds of audio and visual channels on demand.
Customers travelling with Emirates benefit from a generous baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50kg in First Class.
Passengers on Emirates flights can also stay in touch with SMS, email and phone connections in every seat.
China has become its most popular destination at various times of the year since the airline began flying from Lusaka in February 2012, with Beijing and Shanghai the most visited cities there, followed by Hong Kong and Guangzhou.
Passengers from China are a mixture of executives, employees and families, making trips back home either for business purposes or to see family and friends.
Emirates expects to be particularly busy during the Chinese New Year from February 8 to 15 2014.
Johannesburg is the most popular city destination overall for air passengers from Lusaka, regardless of airline, Nairobi is second and Bombay third, followed by Harare and London Heathrow. When outbound destinations are aggregated by country, however, China’s four main cities make the country as a whole among the most popular national destinations.