WORK on new Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka is nearing completion, the Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) has said.
ZACL Managing Director, Fumu Mondoloka, said in an interview that the project would be complete within this quarter.
Mr Mondoloka said work on the state-of-the-art new passenger terminal were almost done and that the entire project now stands at 92 percent complete.
He said once complete, the airport would be a hub for the Southern African region in line with the National Transport Policy. “We are doing a lot of work towards that aspiration, we hope we can make it a fitting tribute to the man it is named after,” Mr Mondoloka said.
Currently, the airport, which is the largest in Zambia has a capacity of two million passengers per annum, and is expected to increase to about six million once commissioned.
Leading airlines both local and international, including Air Tanzania, Rwanda Air, SA Airlink, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, CemAir and KLM in partnership with Kenya Airways operate out of this airport.
The new airport is being constructed at a cost of $360 million by China Jiangxi Corporation.
The airport will house a new passenger terminal, a hotel, Rescue and Fire Services Station, Air Traffic Control Tower, Presidential Pavilion, cargo terminal, a shopping mall and an office complex. – ZANIS.