Construction work at Kenneth Kaunda Airport in Zambia nears completion

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Construction of Kenneth Kaunda Airport in Zambia nears completion

Kenneth Kaunda Airport in Zambia is set to have a new and modern terminal by October this year. This was announced by Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation recently.

Zambia’s Works and Supply Minister, Yamfwa Mukanga told the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation that the terminal is part of the expansion program being undertaken at the Airport.

Among the developments that are being undertaken include runways and auxiliary facilities around the airport such as hotels, shopping malls, a fire station and the rehabilitation of the already existing terminal which would be dedicated to handling domestic flights only.

The minister said that the fire station was almost complete, stressing the government’s commitment in ensuring Zambians benefited from the infrastructure that is being put up.

It was reported that the government is spending about $360-million on upgrades alone.

Zambia has a total of four international airports, five airstrips and five secondary airfields that serve both domestic and international flights, and the main and biggest airport in Lusaka is the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

Other smaller airports include Mfuwe and Livingstone, Ndola together with secondary airfields including Kitwe,Kasama, Chipata, Mongu, Mansa and Solwezi.

Zambia previously adopted the open sky policy together with the establishment of the current air cargo hub so as to connect with the Southern African region.

Mukanga said the Zambian government was focused towards improving infrastructure at all airports
The Kenneth Kaunda International Airport is situated 27km away the capital Lusaka. The airport is the biggest in Zambia and previously called Lusaka International Airport before being renamed after Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda.

The airport is run by the National Airport Corporation (NACL) of Zambia and has one runway, 3,962m long and paved with asphalt. The airport recorded traffic of one million passengers in 2014.

 

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