Construction works for the new Kenneth Kaunda International Airport terminal has started.
Works, Supply, Transport and Communication minister Yamfwa Mukanga says the works will be completed within the stipulated 54 months period.
Mr. Mukanga who inspected the works in Lusaka today said the funders EXIM Bank of China has released 1 hundred and 8 million dollars out of 3 hundred and 60 million dollars earmarked for the project.
He said government has no direct involvement in the financing of the project and that the designs are still the same contrary to media speculations.
Mr. Mukanga says 95 percent of the drawings have been completed.
He said the Contractor China Jiangsu will start with the construction of the Presidential terminal, fire and rescue, control tower and the International terminal building.
And government says it has not abandon plans to introduce a National Airline.
Mr. Mukanga says is still working out strategies on the project.
He has told the media in Lusaka that government is hopeful that Zambia will have a national flag carrier by the year 2018.
He said government wants the country to have a national airline once the modern Kenneth Kaunda International Airport Terminal is completed.