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Victoria Falls International Airport is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion, set to change the face of travel to Zimbabwe and further afield to Botswana and Zambia.

A welcome expansion for the safari industry. Enabling international carriers to offer direct flights into and out of Victoria Falls by facilitating the handling and landing of wide body long haul jets. The airport is 22km south of Victoria Falls town.

The $150 million face lift – completion end of September ’15.

Ronnie Masawi, Victoria Falls international airport manager confirms that the airport’s expansion will see the number of passengers triple as a result.

“The airport will be capable of handling 1.2 million international travellers and 500 000 domestic passengers annually. The developments include the construction of a new international terminal building, the rehabilitation of the existing one into a domestic terminal. A new 4km runway capable of landing the biggest passenger planes, including the A380, would be built, while the existing runway was set to become a taxiway.” Masawi comments.

The airport will host a new state of the art control tower and the upgrade includes the expansion of aircraft parking area, a new 400 vehicle, long stay car park and the construction of a new fire station.

Ross Kennedy, Africa Albida Tourism chief executive says “The Victoria Falls Airport is going to be a massive game changer, not only for Zimbabwe but for the region as a whole.”

11036458_10153447252678245_8677313513101419368_o[1] Victoria Falls Airport

The Victoria Falls airport expansion is being funded by a China Exim Bank loan to The Zimbabwean Government with construction by China Jiangsu International Group.

It will enable Victoria Falls to become a new regional hub for tourism and provide the potential to become a major commercial centre.

Kennedy goes on to say “Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, situated in the middle of Southern Africa, it’s a natural jump off point for visitors to the continent. It’s the hub of several countries, surrounded by incredible wildlife parks, and relatively few people. Visitor numbers were already growing, with an 8.7% increase in airport arrivals in the first six months of this year compared to last year. With the new airport tourism was expected to boom.“

The airport is currently used by Air Zimbabwe, South African Airways, BA Comair, Air Namibia, Fly Africa and charter flights. A CAAZ spokesman revealed that they’re anticipating Qatar Airways, British Airways, Air Botswana and Fast Jet will include the Victoria Falls route to their flight itineraries.

The industry is very excited at the potential of future long haul routes which will cut out the current hop via Johannesburg and is sure to have a positive impact on tourism and business to the area and beyond. In a statement put out by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe they say “This airport upgrading project is set to provide the perfect backdrop for inbound tourism to the region as well as become the region’s top meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions centre.”

Improvements include:

  • current runway extension into a parallel taxiway
  • new runway capable of taking E-type aircraft – Boeing 747-400, B777 and A340
  • new international passenger terminal capable of handling 1.5 million passengers per year
  • conversion of the existing terminal building into a fully-fledged domestic terminal
  • construction of a new control tower and fire station.

Facilities include:

  • Airside shuttle bus service
  • check-in counters with the latest technology
  • 10 immigration counters
  • international arrivals hall with three baggage carousels
  • expansion of retail and duty free space
  • first class, business-class and smoking lounges.
  • landside restaurants and coffee shops.
  • banking facilities with Visa and MasterCard transactions.
  • bureau de change, taxi and car hire
  • complimentary Wi-Fi.

The Zimbabwean CAA confirm plans are also afoot to build an airport hotel in the future.

The Zimbabwean CAA confirm plans are also afoot to build an airport hotel in the future.

More on Victoria Falls

  • Spotlight on Victoria Falls: why it’s so important as southern Africa’s primary safari hub, how it’s become so easy for safaris


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