Everything is in place for international flights at the new Victoria Falls International Airport, Zimbabwe, that opened at the end of last year, but long-haul flights have yet to start. Those in the know believe there’s nothing stopping the commencement, it just takes time.
Laura Dacomb, Marketing Director for Sense of Africa Botswana, told Tourism Update that before international carriers could land there, “a checklist of criteria was required to be completed by the Zimbabwe authorities.”
According to Ronnie Masawi, Airport Manager, the airport is fully operational, including the new runway, taxiway, parking areas, control tower, water and sewer reticulation and the new international terminal building. “The new fire station is complete but not yet handed over by the contractor. We expect to occupy and start using the new fire station from about October 1,” he advised.
While rehabilitation of the domestic terminal building was ongoing, with the expected date for completion being around the end of September, Masawi said all services and facilities necessary for international flights were up and running. The international terminal building is fully air-conditioned, flight information display systems are operational, the public address system is functional, as are aircraft aerobridge docking facilities, and a full ILS Category 2 airfield ground lighting system.
“Nothing is preventing long-haul flights into Victoria Falls Airport from happening,” said Africa Albida Tourism CE, Ross Kennedy. “It is all part of a long process by airlines to check and inspect new airports, terminals, fire and safety, medical and technical facilities, passenger handling, catering, customs and immigration, both at the airport and in and around the destination.”
With Victoria Falls being such a magnificent luxury destination in Southern Africa a new International Airport opening is a great way to increase the accessibility and popularity of an already unrivalled experience.