RGM Airport Expansion in Zimbabwe Complete, Facility to Open in June 2023

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The new RGM International Airport terminal in Zimbabwe will soon open after being handed over to Zimbabwe Airports Company by China-based Company Jiangsu. Handing over of the project is anticipated to happen this month followed by refurbishment of the older terminal area. The works on the latter are expected to finalize by December 2023.

The complete RGM international airport has 4 new aero bridges, a VIP pavilion, a secondary radar system and airfield ground lighting. Moreover, runways and taxiways are already complete as well as new terminal buildings decoration. Moreover, the construction of the main terminal is done and dusted only a few final touches are being finalized.

As part of the project security has been beefed up at the airport. Security beefing will ensure travellers’ safety and thwart criminal activities at the new infrastructure. The project has cost north of US$153 million.

Significance of the upgraded RGM Airport in Zimbabwe

The advancement of the RGM International Airport will attract more international airlines opening routes into Harare. The airport will become a regional aviation hub that will enable north of 6 million passengers annually from the present 2.5 million.

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Additionally, the impact of the increase in visitors to the airport will be felt immediately in the business sector. “That mantra applies not only to the aviation industry, but it applies to all sectors of the economy because that is the way Zimbabweans have demonstrated resilience and bravery in terms of taking the country forward,” As reported by ACZ board chairperson Devnada Popatlal.

China has cooperated with Zimbabwe traditionally in infrastructural projects in various sectors of the Zimbabwean economy. Other projects include the upgrade of the Kariba South Hydro Power Station, which was completed in 2018.

Additionally, the expansion of Hwange Thermal Power Station was spearheaded by a Chinese-based company. China and Zimbabwe enjoy warm bilateral relations, which have lasted more than 41 years.