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KK airport rehab starts

NANCY MWAPE, Livingstone
ZAMBIA Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) has started the rehabilitation of the existing Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) to be turned into a domestic terminal.
In a statement, ZACL communications and brand manager Mweembe Sikaulu said the cost for the refurbishment of KKIA has not yet been established as resources are being pulled from the US$360 million budgeted for the upgrade of the new KKIA terminal anticipated to be completed in 2018.
“The ongoing works at KKIA is at a cost of nearly US$360 million exclusive of local taxes and is being carried out by China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Co-operation.
“Part of the scope of work is the rehabilitation and refurbishment of the existing airport, which shall be turned into a domestic terminal once the newly constructed international terminal is complete,” Ms Sikaulu said.
She said once done with the works at the existing KKIA, the corporation will deliver an upgraded terminal building with international standards that will compete with others in the region.
China Jiangxi has since sub-contracted a local consultancy firm, Zulu Development Consultancy, to design and make proposals on the rehabilitation of the terminal that will house executive lounges, charters, low-cost carriers, general aviation, cafés, restaurants, banks and other amenities.
Ms Sikaulu appealed to the passengers that might be affected, though efforts are being made to keep the institution running.
The scope of work at KKIA includes the construction of a four-million capacity international terminal building with six aero bridges.
She said China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Co-operation is also expected to construct new taxiways, aprons, rescue and fire services stations, landside and airside driveways as well as an Air Traffic Control Tower.
Other works include the construction of a 30-room capacity in-transit hotel as well as a 70-room non-transit passenger hotel.
ZACL has been engaged in major infrastructure development projects to upgrade the four international airports namely KKIA, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula and Mfuwe to better passenger and cargo facilitation.