Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

Kenneth Kaunda
International Airport
Lusaka International Airport, Zambia - entrance, 2015.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Zambia
OperatorZambia Airports Corporation Limited[1]
ServesLusaka, Zambia
Hub forZambia Airways

Proflight 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 located in Chongwe District, off the Great East Road, approximately 27 kilometres (17 mi) northeast of the city centre of Lusaka, the capital and largest city of Zambia.[4] The airport has a capacity of 6 million and is the largest in Zambia, serving as a hub for its region. The airport serves as a hub for Zambia Airways, Proflight Zambia, Royal Zambian Airlines, and Mahogany Air.

The airport opened in 1967 as Lusaka International Airport.[5] It was renamed in 2011 in honour of Kenneth Kaunda, the nation's first president.[6]


In May 2012, KLM began operating a flight three times a week between Amsterdam and Lusaka using an Airbus A330-200. The flight was restructured later that year to also serve Harare. In October 2014 KLM stopped operating the flight in favour of offering codeshare flights operated by Kenya Airways from Nairobi.[7][8]

Zambia Airways operates flights from Lusaka to Livingstone and Ndola, and flights to Harare and Johannesburg using a 737-800 are set to start in the first quarter of 2022.[citation needed] Other routes set to start in the first quarter are Solwezi, Mfuwe, and Chipata utilizing a couple of Dash 8-400s.[citation needed]

Expansion plans

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.[9] 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".[9] The new terminal was expected to open in 2019.[10] Construction was substantially complete by late January 2020.[11] The new terminal was officially opened 5 August 2021. All international flights use the new terminal, called Terminal Two, while domestic flights use the original terminal, Terminal One.[12]



Kenneth Kaunda International Airport has two terminals. Terminal One has no jet bridges and is used for domestic traffic. Terminal Two, opened in August 2021, has six gates and handles all international flights.[12]

Ground transportation

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.[13] There are also 2 car rental companies at the airport, Avis and Europcar, but most hotels in Lusaka have shuttle services into the airport.[14] A bus line also goes between the airport and the Chelston bus station, but the busses do not run on a regular schedule.[15]

Airlines and destinations


Air Tanzania Dar es Salaam
Airlink Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo
Emirates Dubai–International, Harare
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Harare
Kenya Airways Harare, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Mahogany Air Chipata, Livingstone, Mfuwe, Ndola, Solwezi[16]
Malawi Airlines Harare, Lilongwe[17]
Proflight ZambiaJeki,[18] Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, Lilongwe (begins 1 June 2023),[19] Livingstone, Mfuwe,[20] Ndola, Solwezi
Qatar Airways Doha, Harare[21]
Royal Zambian AirlinesJohannesburg–O. R. Tambo[22]
RwandAir Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, Kigali[23]
South African Airways Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo[24]
Zambia Airways Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo,[25] Livingstone, Ndola[26]


Martinair Amsterdam
Kenya AirwaysNairobi
Astral AviationNairobi
Magma AviationLiege

Accidents and incidents

  • On 26 August 1969, a Zambian Air Force Hawker Siddeley HS-748 lost control and crashed during takeoff. Three of the four occupants died.[27]
  • On 22 December 1974, a Canadair CL-44D4 operated by Tradewinds Airways caught fire after its nose gear collapsed during a hard landing. The fire was quickly extinguished and all of the occupants survived.[28]
  • On 14 May 1977, a Dan-Air Services/IAS Cargo Boeing 707 crashed after the right elevator and horizontal stabilizer separated during approach. The separation was caused by metal fatigue. All six occupants died.[29]
  • On 17 February 1990, a Zambian Air Force de Havilland Canada DHC-5D crashed into a field during approach. All 29 people on board died. This crash remains the worst aviation accident in Zambian History[30]

See also


  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. ^ "Lusaka international airport". 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Zambia : Sata renames three Airports". 27 September 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "KLM Introduces 72nd Intercontinental Destination: Zambia". 15 May 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "KLM discontinues flight services to Lusaka, Zambia an Harare, Zimbabwe". Retrieved 2 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ a b Economy. "Exim Bank of China releases US$108 million for airport expansion". Lusaka Times. Lusaka. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  10. ^ "KKIA NEW TERMINAL 50% COMPLETE – ZNBC". Archived from the original on 7 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Progress at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Pictures". Lusaka Times. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  12. ^ a b HALLEBACH, Peter (8 May 2021). "The new Terminal 2 at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka is now operationa". Retrieved 2 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Airport Transportaion [sic]". Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  15. ^ "Taxis, parking and car rental at Lusaka Airport". Retrieved 9 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ Kabanda, Chulu (19 November 2014). "Mahogany Air Resumes Operations". Zambia Daily Mail. Lusaka. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  17. ^ Routes Online (10 January 2014). "Malawian Airlines Revises Planned Launch Date". Manchester, United Kingdom: Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Lower Zambezi Proflight Zambia shuttle flights". Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  19. ^ "ProFlight Zambia Adds Mfuwe – Lilongwe Sector From June 2023". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  20. ^ "South Luangwa Proflight Zambia shuttle flights". Archived from the original on 10 April 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Qatar Airways to launch new route to Lusaka and Harare from 6 August | Qatar Airways".
  22. ^ Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo
  23. ^ Routes Online (10 March 2015). "Rwandair Adds Lusaka - Johannesburg Service from late March 2015". Manchester, United Kingdom: Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  24. ^ "SAA takes off on September 23 with these routes".
  25. ^ "Zambia Airways Adds Johannesburg Flights From June 2022". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  26. ^ Orban, André (29 November 2021). "Ethiopian participates in re-launching of Zambia Airways". Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  27. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Hawker Siddeley HS-748-231 Srs. 2 AF-601 Lusaka Airport (LUN)". Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  28. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Canadair CL-44D4-1 G-AWSC Lusaka Airport (LUN)". Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  29. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 707-321C G-BEBP Lusaka Airport (LUN)". Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  30. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo AF-316 Lusaka Airport (LUN)". Retrieved 2 December 2021.

External links

  • Kenneth Kaunda International Airport OpenStreetMap
  • Accident history for Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at Aviation Safety Network
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