The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) general manager David Chaota told The Source on Monday that new runway will ready by December, while the construction of a new international terminal will be completed in June next year.
This would allow the airport to handle wide-bodied aircraft and increase its passenger handling capacity to 1,3 million annually.
“We know we will soon be ready to handle large aircraft,” said Chaota.
“We have a number of airlines we are engaging which are not yet at liberty to say publicly, but we are talking to players in the Middle East, Africa and America as well as trying to lure back those that once used the airport.”
The expansion work, which is being carried out by China Jiangsu and funded by China Exim Bank, also includes upgrading the domestic terminal building, constructing a new fire station, control tower and installation of state –of–the art aviation equipment.
The parking area is being extended to allow parking of five wide body aircraft at any given time while the taxiways linking the new runway to the old terminal have been surfaced.