Victoria Falls International Airport

The local trade in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, is upbeat about the expansion of the Victoria Falls International Airport. Tessa Reed finds out more about the plans and what they mean for the country’s tourism.

An investment of $150 million (R1.6 billion) will see the addition of a new parallel runway and international terminal to the Victoria Falls International Airport. The existing terminal building will also be upgraded to serve as a domestic terminal.

“This development, which is long overdue, is going to be a very serious game changer,” says Airport Manager, Ronnie Masawi. The new airport is expected to be completed and operational from the end of July next year.

Masawi says the new 4 000m runway will be able to receive wide-body aircraft in the class of Boeing 747s and Airbus A380s. Moreover, the new airport will be able to accommodate more than three times the passengers it can currently handle - 1.2 million international and 500 000 domestic travellers annually.

Other developments planned include a new control tower and fire station, as well extensions to the aircraft parking area. A new car park will accommodate 400 vehicles and provide for long-term parking.

Ross Kennedy, CEO Africa Albida and Southern Africa Director of the African Travel & Tourism Association (Atta), also describes the new airport as a “game changer”. He says it will have a positive impact on tourism, not only for Victoria Falls, but for the rest of Zimbabwe and the region too...

Read the full story in the Tourism Update Digi-Mag.