Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

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Kenneth Kaunda
International Airport
Lusaka Kenneth kaunda international Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Zambia
OperatorZambia Airports Corporation Limited[1]
ServesLusaka, Zambia
Hub forProflight Zambia

Royal Zambian Airlines

Mahogany Air
Elevation AMSL3,779 ft / 1,152 m
Coordinates15°19′54″S 28°26′03″E / 15.33167°S 28.43417°E / -15.33167; 28.43417Coordinates: 15°19′54″S 28°26′03″E / 15.33167°S 28.43417°E / -15.33167; 28.43417
LUN is located in Zambia
Location of the airport in Zambia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,962 12,999 Asphalt
15/33 823 2,700 Grass
Statistics (2018)
Source: ZACL[2] GCM[3]

Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (IATA: LUN, ICAO: FLKK) is an international airport in Lusaka, Zambia.The airport is the largest in Zambia and serves as a hub for its region. It was officially known as the Lusaka International Airport before being renamed in 2011 in honour of Kenneth Kaunda, the nation's first president. The airport has a capacity of two million passengers per year, but with the addition of the new passenger terminal built in 2021, the capacity has been increased to 6 million. The airport serves as a hub for Proflight Zambia, a regional carrier in Zambia, also, starting 30 September 2021 Zambia Airways. The national carrier will operate flights from Lusaka to Harare and Johannesburg using a 737-800 and flights to Livingstone, Ndola, and Solwezi utilizing a couple of Dash 8-400s.


The airport is located in Chongwe District, off the Great East Road, approximately 26 kilometres (16 mi) northeast of the city centre of Lusaka, the capital and largest city of Zambia.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Air Tanzania Dar es Salaam
Airlink Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo
Emirates Dubai–International, Harare
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Harare
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Mahogany Air Chipata, Livingstone, Mfuwe, Ndola, Solwezi[5]
Malawian Airlines Harare, Lilongwe[6]
Proflight ZambiaJeki,[7] Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, Livingstone, Mfuwe,[8] Ndola, Solwezi
Qatar Airways Doha, Harare[9]
Royal Zambian AirlinesJohannesburg–O. R. Tambo[10]
RwandAir Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, Kigali[11]
South African Airways Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo[12]
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda
Turkish Airlines Istanbul (resumes 28 March 2022)[13]
Zambia Airways Livingstone, Ndola (both begin 1 December 2021)[14]


Martinair Amsterdam
Kenya AirwaysNairobi
Astral AviationNairobi
Magma AviationLiege

Ground transportation[edit]

Taxis are the most common form of transport to and from the city, as it is a 15 to 20-minute ride to the city centre.[15] There are also 2 car rental companies at the airport, Avis and Europcar, but most hotels in Lusaka have shuttle services into the airport.[16] Busses are also another way to travel in Lusaka, but the busses do not run on a regular schedule.

Expansion plans[edit]

In 2015, the government of Zambia began a three-year, US$360 million expansion and improvement of the airport, with funds borrowed from the Exim Bank of China.[17] The work, contracted to China Jiangxi International, involves construction of a new "two-story terminal building, 22 check-in counters, 12 border channels and six security check counters; a presidential terminal, a new air traffic control building and tower and a new hotel".[17] The new terminal was expected to open in 2019.[18] Construction was substantially complete by late January 2020.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ZACL. "ZACL: Kenneth Kaunda International Airport". Lusaka: Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL). Archived from the original on 21 September 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  2. ^ "ZACL 2018 Q1 results". Archived from the original on 15 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  3. ^ Airport information for Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at Great Circle Mapper.
  4. ^ (12 September 2016). "Distance between Lusaka and Kenneth Kaunda International Airport". Archived from the original on 6 July 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  5. ^ Kabanda, Chulu (19 November 2014). "Mahogany Air Resumes Operations". Zambia Daily Mail. Lusaka. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  6. ^ Routes Online (10 January 2014). "Malawian Airlines Revises Planned Launch Date". Manchester, United Kingdom: Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Lower Zambezi Proflight Zambia shuttle flights". Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  8. ^ "South Luangwa Proflight Zambia shuttle flights". Archived from the original on 10 April 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  9. ^
  10. ^ Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo
  11. ^ Routes Online (10 March 2015). "Rwandair Adds Lusaka - Johannesburg Service from late March 2015". Manchester, United Kingdom: Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  12. ^[bare URL]
  13. ^ "Istanbul New Airport Transition Delayed Until April 5, 2019 (At The Earliest)". Archived from the original on 27 February 2019. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  14. ^ Orban, André. "Ethiopian participates in re-launching of Zambia Airways". Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Airport Transportaion". Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  17. ^ a b Economy. "Exim Bank of China releases US$108 million for airport expansion". Lusaka Times. Lusaka. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Progress at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Pictures". Lusaka Times. Retrieved 25 January 2020.

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