Caaz plans to refurbish and develop Airports
Published On 5 Feb, 2018



The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz) has plans on splashing millions of dollars on airport development and refurbishment as it works towards spurring economic activities such as tourism and trade.

This idea came to life as African continent intends to build a unified air transport market through the establishment of a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).

Recently, The African Union launched SAATM project. This project is expected to boost trade and cross-border investments, ensuing in the creation of over 300 000 direct and two million indirect jobs.

Recently, Caaz made notice that it has commenced on a global drive to bring back airlines to Zimbabwe and is developing and reconstructing airports infrastructure to meet current requirements and standards.

According to Caaz, Less than 20 international airlines are currently flying into the country, down from 34 which plied the route between 1999 and 2003.

Caaz public relations and communications manager, Mrs Anna Julia Hungwe said the aviation sector has allocated approximately US$253 million for the requirements and development of the airports infrastructure to meet current desires and standards.

“A budget of US$253 million has been budgeted for the airports upgrading, excluding Victoria Falls which was upgraded at a cost of US$150 million,” she said.

The International Airport, Victoria Falls, got a crucial facelift as it can now handle wide-bodied aircraft and 1,5 million passengers per year.

In 2016, expansion and refurbishment emerged into the town’s resort arrivals, thereby rising international airlines when they started plying the route.

As of today, eight airlines now fly into Victoria Falls. Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and South Africa’s Airlink joined British Airways, Air Zimbabwe, South African Airways, Fastjet and Air Namibia.

Caaz hopes to see similar satisfaction when it upgrades the other airports. It has since occupied its consultant as it seeks to bring airlines to Zimbabwe into the picture.

Last year, the Government gave a sum of US$153 million loan from China the Export and Import Bank; the loan will be used to upgrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.

Caaz is looking forward to refurbishing smaller airports using the Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) model.

According to Mrs Hungwe, she said “Caaz plans to upgrade all small airports in the country.”

Some of the airports under Caaz include the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport, Charles Prince, Masvingo, Hwange, Buffalo Range and Kariba airports.

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