THE Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) has expressed optimism that the upgrading of the construction of the international terminal building at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport will be completed by September this year.
This follows the securing of USD $5 million or K 37million, a commercial loan from ZANACO bank for the completion of the new Terminal Building.
ZACL Managing Director Robinson Misitala said aid the Corporation was eager to complete the works by September this year following the securing of funds for the project.
Mr Misitala said this on Thursday when he led a tour of facilities at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport.
He said the major outstanding works were the installation of Elevators, Electrical Reticulation, Installation and Commissioning of the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Systems and Builders’ Works.
Mr Misitala disclosed that once completed, the new terminal building would have features such as a banking hall, upper floor VIP and business Lounges, upper floor restaurant and viewing terrace, holding lounge, elevators, curtain walling, duty free and retail shops and a water feature outside the front of the building symbolizing the Victoria falls.
Other amenities would include electronic advertising spaces, flight information displays, CCTV and access control, modern central air-conditioning equipment, fire alarm system, security agencies offices, smoking lounges, four entry gates and two exit gates.
“We are pleased that we are providing airport facilities that are state-of-the-art to Livingstone town, because this will increase the number of airlines that will be flying to Livingstone thereby increasing tourism activities that will ultimately generate revenue for the country,” he said
Mr Misitala said ZANACO also financed the initial phase of the project at a cost of USD $7.5million.
And Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport contractor Peter Kapala said the delay of the completion of the works had in the past been necessitated by lack of funds.
“The major problem has been resolved now because the client has enough money for the completion of works, and I will ensure that works are completed within the time frame been given,” he said
The old building at the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport, which was built in 1952, is currently used for VIP and domestic services. The building will, however, undergo refurbishment under phase three of the project.
The terminal building was partially opened for passenger facilitation on 15th August 2013 ahead of the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly held in Livingstone in August 2013.