WORLD Zimbabwean government pleased with expansion progress of international airport


Zimbabwean government pleased with expansion progress of international airport


09:58, May 25, 2021

HARARE, May 24 (Xinhua) -- The Zimbabwean government is pleased with the expansion progress of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, a senior official said Monday.

An aeroplane carrying health experts from China, that will help with the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus, and a load of medical equipment arrives at the Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare, May 11, 2020. (File photo: AFP)

The project, undertaken by China Jiangsu International, a Chinese contractor, is underway despite delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I am delighted after having toured this magnificent project. What I really wanted to monitor is the timeframe because we want to deliver according to the National Development Strategy 1 so that we meet our desired targets, and I am happy to say that we are on sync," said Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Felix Mhona.

The contractor said the project would be finished by June next year and this was confirmed by local engineers, the minister added.

The 153-million-US-dollar project will add a new international terminal building and aprons, four new bridges, a secondary radar system, a VVIP pavilion and an airfield ground lighting and communication system, among other things.

The international terminal building and the domestic terminal building will also be refurbished. The project is expected to increase the airport's holding capacity to 6 million people per annum from 2.5 million.

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