The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development has expressed satisfaction with the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) efforts to keep the Victoria Falls International airport intact.
The tour of facilities that has seen the committee visit Masvingo, Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport and Hwange had left a sour taste to the parliamentarians who felt that more could be done to the infrastructure and service delivery.
Top of the concerns raised was the issue of properly maintaining the buildings, having well serviced fire stations and ambulances.
It was however a different tune at the Victoria Falls International Airport where CAAZ was given a thumbs up for trying their best to keep the facility to world class standards.
“So far so good. We are happy with the tour. It has been an eye opener. We have learnt a number of things and even though in the first sites, that is, JMN and Hwange we were not happy with certain state of affairs of the buildings and services. For Victoria Falls, it is very impressive considering the fact that it is a new airport that has been built some four (4) years ago and I can also see that the staffs from CAAZ are managing to keep the infrastructure very much intact. At least we have come to an airport at Victoria Falls so we are happy,” said Honourable Oscar Gorerino Transport and Infrastructural Development Portfolio Committee Chairperson
A number of developments have taken place at the Victoria Falls airport such as the expansion of the runway to a length of 4000m and 30m width capacity to accommodate bigger aircrafts.
There has also been an increased landing and lighting system while parking space for wide body aircraft has been constructed.
Due to various economic and social factors, it was revealed that the airport is operating for 12 hours a day although it was built for all round international flights service.
The number of local arrivals has also dropped due to the inconsistency of the national carrier while the need to set up a Bureau De Changes for Visa payments was echoed.