22 May 2014

Zimbabwe: The Victoria Falls International Airport expansion project

update (29 April 2015): The expansion of Victoria Falls International Airport also includes:
check-in counters with modern technology; airside shuttle bus service; ten immigration counters and three baggage carousels in the International Arrivals Hall; increased duty free and retail space; first-, business-class and smoking lounges; landside restaurants and coffee shops; banking facilities that accommodate Visa and MasterCard transactions; free WiFi; bureau de change; car hire and taxis services.

update (27 Nov 2014): According to nehandaradio.com, the expansion works at Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) are now expected to be finised by August 2015 due to construction materials procurement bottlenecks.

update (22 Oct 2014): According to newzimbabwe.com, the completition of the refurbishment of Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) will be delayed by three months after the contractor requested an extension. The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) expects the all the project works to be completed by June 2015.

Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA), located about 18km south of the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, is currently undergoing a massive expansion project. The project started in April 2013 and should be completed in April 2015. It is expected to cost US$150 million in total. As of April 2014, the expansion proect is, according to news reports, on schedule with the runway 41% done while the terminal building is 23% complete.

The expansion of Victoria Falls International Airport includes:
  • the construction of a new 20,000m² international terminal building with a capacity to service 1.2 million people per annum
  • the construction of a new parallel 4 000m runway to cater for wide body aircraft in the class of Boeing 747
  • the construction of a new control tower
  • the construction of a new fire station
  • the development of additional landside road networks
  • the development of additional airside road networks
  • the development of new car parking spaces
  • the transformation of the existing terminal building into a fully-fledged domestic terminal
  • the transformation of the current runway into a full-length taxiway to service the new runway

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