The Civil aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ), says it will start the refurbishment of the national airports, with the Victoria Falls airport alone, requiring $150 million.
The refurbishment is aimed at catering for the increased traffic for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly to be held in 2013 in the resort town of Victoria falls.
CAAZ General Manager, Mr David Chawota said the co-hosting of the UNWTO General Assembly by Zimbabwe and Zambia requires a lot of infrastructure development for both airspace and airport requirements.
Mr Chawota said CAAZ has made strides in trying to acquire funding for airport renovations and refurbishments with the Victoria Falls airport requiring $150 million for the construction of a runway, terminal building as well as other equipment and systems required at the airport.
CAAZ is just one of the tourism enablers which requires to be recapitalised. Some of the areas that need attention include the countryâ€™s road networks to resorts, the information communication technology and the expansion and revamping of accommodation facilities to meet international standards.
Victoria Falls airport serves the tourism industry of Victoria Falls and is located 18 km south of the town centre.
The existing runway is capable of handling small aircraft up to B737 or A319 or equivalent, however, plans are underway to construct a new 4000m runway that will allow larger aircraft to use the airport.
Larger aircraft will mean that the Victoria Falls can be accessed directly by long haul flights from the America’s, Europe and Asia.
The expansion of the airport will also include the construction of a new terminal building.