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New Runway to Increase Accessibility to Africa's Victoria Falls

July 16, 2014 at 11:21 AM | by | ()

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is on track to increase its accessibility next year as its airport continues the construction of a new 2.5-mile runway as part of a $150 million expansion project, which will also include a new fire station, control tower, and state-of-the-art aviation equipment.

At the Ninth Annual Routes Africa Summit back in June, it was reported that Zimbabwe as a country once had 34 airlines flying into it, but now has only 14. The decision to expand Victoria Falls Airport comes as a result of this declining business with hopes of increasing traffic to its most popular tourist attraction.

In theory, the expansion will result in more direct flights from North America, Europe, and Africa. It is said that the new runway and terminal will have the capacity to service 1.5 million passengers, whereas the infrastructure now can only handle about 230,000.

We'll see what the final numbers turn out to be, but if it's anywhere close to those projections, that is an absolutely huge increase, and the next question becomes whether the surrounding area is prepared to handle the influx. We'll be sure to keep you updated as things progress and plans for the new routes are announced.

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