The Zambia International Airports are under the Zambia Airports Corporation (ZACL), formally known as National Airports Corporation Limited (NACL), the leading provider of first class Airport facilities, ground handling and Air Navigation services in the Zambian airspace.
The three of the four international airports have been renamed after the distinguished founding fathers as follows:
Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, formally Lusaka International Airport, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport, formally Livingstone International Airport and Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport formally Ndola International Airport.
At all these four International Airports, there are facilities for passengers, Air Navigation services, retail space, ground handling and transports and accommodation arrangement for cabin crew.
Currently rehabilitation and construction projects under the Zambia Airports Corporation are under way.
The existing Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) is being rehabilitated to be turned into a domestic terminal.
A new Kenneth Kaunda international Airport is being constructed at an estimated budget cost of about US$ 360 Million.
The works are being carried out by China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Co-operation. The rehabilitated terminal will house executive lounges, charters, low-cost carriers, general aviation, cafés, restaurants, banks and other amenities.
The new KKI will include new taxiways, aprons, rescue and fire services stations, landside and airside driveways as well as an Air Traffic Control Tower.
Major construction projects for the other Airports, i.e. Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula and Mfuwe are also being planned. All these are expected to be completed by 2018.
So, here are a few details about the airports…
The airport which was opened in 1967 is situated in the Capital city of Zambia and is only 27 kilometres from the main business district.
The Airport is near the Seven Wonders of the Word, The Victoria Falls, "Mosi–oa–tunya". It is the second oldest airport after Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe in Ndola.
It situated Just 5 kilometres from Livingstone City, the nation’s tourist capital and 15 kilometres from the Victoria Falls.
The Airport was built in 1950 for a predominantly domestic market but has now been upgraded to international standards.
The airport was originally set up as a Military base for the Royal Air Force (England). It was built in 1938 to service the British army during the Second World War, and was opened as a civilian Airport in the 1950's.
It is located about 3 kilometres south of the Ndola City business district.
Mfuwe International Airport which opened in 1970 is located in the middle of South Luangwa National Park, one of the largest national game parks in Zambia. The airport services daily flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe and direct flights from Mfuwe to Lilongwe.
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