Addressing the media during the PF Interactive Forum, Transport Minister Brian Mushimba disclosed that a total of 800 direct jobs will be created in facility management and operations such as shopping mall, goods handling, hotel services, cargo and and in-flight cargo.
He added that over 3000 indirect jobs for cargo handlers, clearing agents, security, commercial shops, farmers and transporters will be created.
Mr Mushimba announced that the jobs will be skewed towards local citizens.
He said at least 1000 jobs will be created for technicians and general workers who have already been part of the project at the construction stage.
The Kankoyo lawmaker further disclosed that only 220 expatriates from China have been attached to the projects whilst most of jobs have been given to local citizens.
He added that through Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) Local Engineers have also been employed and attached to the project to facilitate skills transfer.
He noted that more jobs will be created once the New Copperbelt and Mfuwe international Airport commence.
Meanwhile, Mr Mushimba says the face of the country will be lifted with the upgrade of the aviation industry.
Speaking during the Patriotic Front Interactive Forum Mr Mushimba disclosed that a massive upgrade in the aviation industry country wide is underway that will see the face of the country lifted to higher standards.
“There will be total transformation of the aviation industry in Zambia,” Hon. Mushimba said.
The Minister said Kenneth Kaunda International, Copperbelt, Mfuwe and Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula Airport are all getting an international grade upgrade.
He said government is incorporating the local people with jobs under these projects across the country.
“As a ministry we have many Zambians working under these projects directly and indirectly for instance the KKIA Kenneth Kaunda International Airport the local labour statistics stand at 1000 jobs as at 30th April 2017 while the expatriates statistics stand at 220 jobs and about 800 jobs direct labour in managment and operations and lastly 3000 jobs for indirect labour,” Hon Mushimba said.
The Minister stressed that other than job creation from the airports and the surrounding buildings that come with construction of upgraded airports, the country will have a grade A reception that will wow the region.