Victoria Falls International Airport has recorded a 21 percent increase in passengers’ arrivals for the ten months to October 2017 with expectations that capacity utilisation will surge to 350 000 passengers per annum by year end.

Commissioned exactly a year ago, the upgraded Victoria Falls International Airport is slowly living up to its billing of being a game changer with statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) indicating that there has been steady increase in terms of capacity utilisation.

CAAZ director airports Mr Tawanda Gusha said the authority is optimistic of a 350 000 passengers per annum capacity utilisation level by year end and stressed the entity’s determination to increase capacity utilisation of over 500 000 passengers per annum.

The upgrading of the airport saw capacity increasing from 500 000 passengers per annum to 1.5 million passengers.

As part of efforts to increase traffic, the authority is on an aggressive marketing drive to lure more airlines to fly into the destination.

The $150 million project has had a positive impact on the performance of the tourism industry with room occupancy level surging to 70 percent according to the third quarter report released by the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe (HAZ).