KLM set to scrap direct flight to Lusaka
Dutch airline KLM is set to discontinue direct flights from Lusaka to Amsterdam as of October 28 2014, two years after it started (and also a year after British Airways cut the Lusaka-London route). The carrier cited high operational costs as well as well a sub-optimal passenger mix which made the route unprofitable. The route will instead be serviced by KLMs strategic partner Kenya Airways via Nairobi to Amsterdam/Paris/London.
European tourist arrivals were at 78, 543 in 2013, up 19.6% year-over-year(one could argue that the UNWTO, a one time event, drove those arrivals). So this news was much to the chargrin of tourism industry stakeholders as the Amsterdam-Harare-Lusaka-Amsterdam route is currently Zambia's only direct flight to Europe. The amount of time spent travelling is a key decision as to where a prospective vacationer would prefer to visit because the longer one spends travelling, the less time they will spen having fun.
July inflation hits 8%
Inflation increased to 8% in July 2014 driven by non-food items which accounted for 56% of the rise. Inflation rose in Central, Lusaka (Lusaka contributed the most at 2.5%) and North Western Provinces while it decreased in Copperbelt, Eastern, Luapula, Northern, Muchinga and Western Provinces.
Internet.org application gives access to free Facebook/Wikipedia to Airtel subscribers
Facebook-backed Internet.org has created an application which will provide free basic internet services to user in Zambia. The service will offer free access to job searches, weather forecasts and Wikipedia. The application will initially be available to Airtel subscribers.
Trying to decipher this puzzle that is Zambia by using a variety of publicly available data (structured and unstructured) in conjunction with my own skill/experience. * * *