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Tuesday, 17 September 2013 15:04

Harare International Airport Harare International Airport  

Somalilandsun - Zimbabwe's Harare International Airport will have the longest runaway in Africa following a major facelift aimed at luring back major airlines, officials have said.The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) said it will spend US$5 million in the project that will be completed in December.

On completion the runway will be five kilometers long with a 30 year lifespan and is designed to accommodate the world's largest airbus plane.

"It will be among the world's longest runway and the biggest in Africa," Jerry Ndlovu, the airport director said.

South Africa's biggest and busiest airport, OR International Airport in Johannesburg has a 4.4 km runway.

CAAZ is also upgrading information display systems at the airport as well as surveillance and security systems that were installed in 1992.

David Chahota, the CAAZ chief executive officer said the airport facelift was meant to reposition Zimbabwe as a major tourist destination after years of decline in tourist's arrivals.??

White elephant

But analysts say with a handfull of planes taxing at Zimbabwe's busiest airport, the expansion would be a waste of money?.

A total of 18 international airlines stopped flying into the country after the economic decline set in almost a decade ago.?? They include Lufthansa, Qantas, Austrian Airlines, Swissair, Air India, Air France and TAP Air Portugal.??

Others are Egypt Air, Air Mauritius, Linhas Aereas de Mocambique, Air Namibia, Royal Swazi Airlines and Air Seychelles, Air Tanzania, Ghana Airways, Air Uganda and Air Cameroon.

Only a few airlines from South African Airways, Britain, Zimbabwe, British, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and Zambia still use Harare International Airport.

??But Air France, Austrian Airlines, Egypt Air, Swiss Air, Bulgarian Airlines, Qantas, Emirates Airways, KLM and Lufthansa have indicated that they are now ready to fly into Zimbabwe.




0 # mohamed cheers 2013-09-17 15:44
21st Century holds good promises for the African Continent to say the least.
-2 # abdi 2013-09-17 18:40
You deserve the government you get, or lack thereof in Somaliland case.
0 # Geesi 2013-09-18 21:02
The ministry of aviation have done an excellent job, but hold your horses because the cons0ction of Hargeisa Airport is not complete yet. So far half of the0nway which is 2460 m has been completed and the other half which is 1850 m is under cons0ction as we are talking. The part that has been completed comprises of a reinforced concrete base with two layers of asphalt (60 + 40 mm thicknesses) on top. The part that is under cons0ction is scheduled to be completed in January 2014 to bring the grand total length of the0nway to 4310 m which will render Egal international airport's0nway one of the longest in Africa, if not the longest. The part of the0nway that is under cons0ction now is being built from scratch, that means they will have to start with a reinforced concrete base followed by the asphalt layers and so on. Apart from that and the security fencing, the0nway lights are still left to be completed as the0nway and taxiway markings were completed just a couple of days ago.

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