By Owen Mandovha
GOVERNMENT covered significant ground during the year 2021 in modernising and expanding the country’s airports infrastructure in a major step towards improving Zimbabwe’s global aviation status.
The year 2021 witnessed an economy that is firing from all cylinders, including the national infrastructure roll out programmes by government.
The airports infrastructure modernisation drive was undoubtedly a major highlight in 2021 as manifested by the ground covered on the 153 million United States dollar Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport Expansion Project, with the Airports Company of Zimbabwe Chief Executive Officer Mr Tawanda Gusha proudly stating that 2021 was indeed a defining moment in the country’s aviation industry.
“We have registered huge progress during the year in constructing the main structure including the Pavilion and VIP wing. Next year we will cover more ground by acquiring accessories to complete other wings and we are within our target to complete the project by 2023,” said Gusha.
The Buffalo Range Airport in Chiredzi is now hosting international flights, thanks to Treasury’s support to spruce up the airport runway, highlighting the Second Republic’s resolve to improve Zimbabwe’s aviation status.
“The airport runway was in bad state with crocodile marks everywhere and we managed to renew the surface to match the international standards,” said Engineer Edmore Chinyadza, ACZ Mechanical Engineer.
For 2022, Mr Gusha noted that they will go a gear up with sights set on modernising the Kariba Airport and meeting the timeline to complete the RGM International Airport expansion project.
The Airports Company of Zimbabwe was unbundled from the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) in 2019 in line with the dictates of the International Civil Aviation Organisation to separate aviation regulation and control from airports infrastructure management.
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