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Nkumbula airport loses to competitors

NANCY MWAPE, Lusaka
HARRY Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone has recorded low passenger traffic and this is attributed to increasing competition from Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Zambia Airports Corporation Limited communications and brand manager Mweembe Sikaulu said the airport recorded a negative variance of 13 percent against last year’s period.
He said a total of 1,448,756 passengers were recorded at Zambia’s four international airports as at November 2015.
Ms Sikaulu said Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) and Mfuwe International Airport recorded positive performances compared to last year’s January to November passenger movement at four percent and eight percent, respectively.
“Ndola’s Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and Livingstone’s Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport recorded negative variances against last year’s period at negative four percent and negative 13 percent, respectively.
“The poor turn-up in Livingstone was mainly due to increasing competition from Zimbabwe and Botswana, while the recent opening of South Downs airport on the Copperbelt affected numbers in Ndola,” she said.
Responding to a press query, Ms Sikaulu said KKIA is the largest gateway in Zambia carrying 71 percent of total passenger movements during the period.
Ms Sikaulu said domestic passenger movement also recorded a decline of negative five percent, while international passenger movement had a marginal growth of two percent.
She said overall, ZACL recorded a growth of 0.4 percent.
Meanwhile, ZACL is thrilled with prospects for 2016 following a number of capital projects planned for next year.
She said in 2016, ZACL will commission the new radar system at KKIA and Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone.
She said the corporation will also complete the new fire station at KKIA and start the construction of a shopping mall and new head office which will be located along airport road in Lusaka.



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