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‘Modernisation works at KKIA progressing well’

KALONDE NYATI, Lusaka
EXPANSION and modernisation of Kenneth Kaunda International Airport is progressing well with construction of the new rescue and fire services expected to be completed within the course of this year.
Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) managing director Robinson Misitala disclosed in an interview recently that the US$360 million project will transform the country into an air transport hub once the project completed in 2019.
The project involves the construction of a four million capacity international terminal building with six aero bridges and construction of a 30-room capacity in-transit hotel.
“A 70-room non-transit passenger hotel will be developed. China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation is also expected to construct new taxi ways, aprons, and rescue and fire services stations, landside and airside driveways as well as an air traffic control tower,” he said.
Mr Misitala said ZACL has for the past few years engaged in major infrastructure development projects to upgrade the four international airports, namely; Kenneth Kaunda, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula and Mfuwe to boost passenger and cargo facilitation within the country and beyond.
To date, ZACL has completed the construction of terminal two at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone at a cost of US$60 million.
Meanwhile, Government is expected to implement a Smart Airports System (SAS) in all of the international airports to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in airport operations.
So far, the system has been implemented at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula and Kenneth Kaunda with the system expected to be implemented at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and Mfuwe airports.
“SAS is an important integral part of modern airport operations.

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