The European Union, EU, head of delegation in Zambia, Derek Fee, says the extension of the runway at Livingstone International Airport has pushed Livingstone to higher international standards.
Dr Fee said the development would make Zambia compete favourably in the region as
the airport will now allow direct flights and more tourists to land into Livingstone.
The EU delegation leader was speaking in Livingstone today during the commissioning
of the Livingstone International Airport runway extension and civil works.
He said Livingstone had taken over as a most favoured tourism destination in the
Dr Fee said the money spent on the airport underscored the EU’s commitment to
contribute to government efforts in efforts of reducing poverty in the country.
He added that one of the resolve of the New Partnership for Economic Development,
NEPAD, was to build infrastructure that would continue to attract development and
”Investment goes hand in hand with quality infrastructure and this project is not the last in Livingstone. The EU will also work on the Zimba-Livingstone road to bring it to first class standards in the next 18 months,” he said.
And speaking earlier, National Airport Corporation board chairman Patrick Chamunda
said increased traffic flow to Livingstone would contribute greatly to the national Gross Domestic Product, GDP.