Victoria Falls airport runway near completion

Victoria Falls airport runway near completion
Published: 23 June 2015
The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) will be conducting test flights at the beginning of August to ascertain if the new Victoria Fall Airport runway meets international aviation standards.

The new runway is 90 percent complete and contractors are expected to have completed installation of aviation ground lighting, centre lights and navigation systems by the end of next month.

CAAZ is expected to conduct the test flights using Air Zimbabwe's Boeing 767 and the process will be supervised by the South African flight calibration unit.

The process will pave way for the airport to allow bigger aircrafts to land in Victoria Falls and the aviation body intends to mobilise the tourism sector, operators and policy makers to jointly market the country`s new  facility at the World Routes to be held in September in Durban, South Africa.

"We want Victoria Falls to be the airport hub of the region. We are therefore going to mobilise all forces from tourism operators to policy makers to make sure the facilities are appropriately marketed," said David Chawota, CAAZ General Manager.

CAAZ will also begin using the new ramp which accommodates six medium sized aircraft on the 1st July and all the relevant equipment including the shuttle bus and push back facilities are already in place.

Domestic and international passengers are expected to move to the new terminal which is currently 80 percent complete with effect from September to allow the contractors to refurbish the current terminal which will be used for domestic operations.
- zbc
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