Government has decided to review the designs for the construction of a runaway at Kasama airport in Northern Province.
Provincial Minister Brian Mundubile said the runaway, which is under construction by a Chinese firm, has been reduced to 2.8 kilometres (km) from the initial 3.6 km.
Mr. Mundubile said the move has been necessitated by the omission of designs for a terminal building in the initial plan for the project.
He however said the reduction in the distance for the runaway at Kasama airport will not affect the flow of traffic at the facility.
Mr. Mundubile also said the savings from the downsized runaway will be channeled towards the construction of a new terminal building to match the new infrastructure at the airport.
The Northern Province Minister has since assured Kasama residents that government is fully committed to upgrading the runaway at Kasama airport to bituminous standard.
Mr. Mundubile was speaking at a media briefing in Mporokoso where he gave an update on the various developmental projects in the province.
Of late, there have been mixed reactions from various stakeholders over reports that the total distance of the runaway at Kasama airport has been significantly reduced.
Currently, government is construction a new runaway at Kasama airport at a cost of over K141 million.