Published on : Friday, January 6, 2017
Zimbabwe has in recent years seen increased interest from various airlines eager to fly into the country. Some of the airlines which have restored services to Harare after a hiatus include Ethiopian Airways, British Airways and South African Airways.
Rwanda’s national airline, RwandAir, has also announced that Harare will be among six new African and international destinations it plans to begin plying this year.
In order to attract more airlines, Zimbabwe has embarked on an airport rehabilitation programme and recently completed renovation and expansion of the Victoria Falls Airport.
The new airport at the world renowned tourist destination, officially commissioned by President Robert Mugabe in November last year, now has a passenger handling capacity of 1.5 million per year, up from 500,000.
Some of the new features of the airport include an international terminal building, a 4,000-metre runway, a control tower, road networks and a new fire station. The project was financed through a 150-million-US-dollar loan from the Export-Import Bank of China.
The government has also said it plans to expand the Harare International Airport this year.