harare international airport 2.jpgThe Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) has been slammed for the continued delays in the completion of major infrastructure rehabilitation projects, including the on-going Harare International Airport runway rehabilitation and Joshua Nkomo Airport terminal.

The country’s aviation industry, in particular CAAZ, has been called upon to play a critical role in creating an enabling environment for the tourism industry by speeding up the on-going infrastructure rehabilitation projects.

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Chief Executive, Mr. Karikoga Kaseke noted that the continued delays in the completion of on-going infrastructure development projects at several airports across the country is a cause for concern.

The Harare International Airport runway project which was initially earmarked to be completed before the end of 2011 has been postponed to June this year.

CAAZ General Manager, Mr. David Chawota, however, attributed the postponement in the completion of the work to the delays in the disbursement of the funds set aside for the projects.

In the 2012 National Budget, US$7 million was set aside for the runway project while US$10.5 million was set aside for the Joshua Nkomo Airport terminal project.

The completion and commissioning of the on-going infrastructure rehabilitation projects at the country’s airports is expected to ensure the continued growth of the tourism and industry as well as the successful hosting of the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly.