Govt to continue upgrading airports in 2015

Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and Mfuwe international airports will next year be expanded and upgraded, Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga has said.

He said the plan was under the National Airport Corporation Limited’s five year strategic plan whose aim was to upgrade and expand its four international airports and air navigational services to internationally acknowledged standards and practices.

Mr Mukanga said in 2014, the corporation continued its ambitious infrastructure upgrade programme at a cost of over $900 million dollars.

He was speaking at the ‘2014 ‘meet the minister dinner’ organised by the National Council for Construction (NCC) on Saturday,

“The first to be upgraded was the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula international airport whose international passenger terminal is already functional with only a few elements left before it is officially commissioned,” Mr Mukanga said. He said the expansion and upgrading of the Kenneth Kaunda international airport had reached an advanced stage in readness for construction works which were expected to begin in early 2015.

Mr Mukanga said Government had also secured the long awaited Radar Surveillance System for the Kenneth Kaunda, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula and Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe international airports at a cost of 14 million Euros.

“The Radar System will ensure the continued safety of our air space and still more confidence in major airlines which will result in increased air traffic and revenue at all our airports,” he said.

Mr Mukanga said his ministry had archieved a number of notable achievements which included the launch of the Zambia Information Communication and Technology Authority (ZICTA) communication towers which had been installed in all chiefdoms accross the country.

He said another notable achievement under ZICTA was the launch of the Cyber Security Forensic Laboratory at the police headquatars which would faciliate investigations of cyber-crimes by the police.

Mr Mukanga said the Road Development Agency, Zamtel, Zambia Railways Limited, Engineering Service Corporation Limited and the NCC contributed significantly through various projects in his ministry.