Zambia’s New $397 Million International Airport at Ndola nears Official Opening

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Zambia’s new $397 Million International Airport project near the city of Ndola in the Copperbelt province is reportedly close to completion and will be ready for official opening within a month

The new modern airport will have a capacity of 1 million passengers and replaces the old Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport, formerly Ndola International Airport.

Given the impact of the global pandemic on travel and the lack of a national airline, the new airport is not expected to achieve a large fraction of its capacity, however it will position its self as a cargo hub and a strategic part of an aviation infrastructure that is aimed at stimulating the country’s economy

The airport infrastructure includes a 12,000sqm terminal building, a 28-metre-high control tower, a category 10 fire station, aircraft hangar, a 3.5km category E runway with the ability to accommodate wide body aircraft and a 50-room hotel.

In April this year, the new airport facility hit the headlines when an Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane mistakenly landed there. The Boeing 737 freighter had intended to land at the old Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport which shares the same runway heading and is in relatively close proximity. The jet later departed to its intended destination without incident.

 

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