According to Tourism Update, the $150 million upgrades at Victoria Falls International Airport in Zimbabwe are scheduled to be completed by the end of September. The airport is 22 kilometres south of Victoria Falls town.
The new runway will cater for category E-type aircraft, such as the Boeing 747-400, B777 and A340. The current runway will be extended into a parallel taxiway, and a new international passenger terminal with a handling capacity of 1.5 million passengers per annum will also be introduced. The existing terminal building will be converted into a fully-fledged domestic terminal. The upgrades also include the construction of a new control tower and fire station.
New facilities will include check-in counters with modern technology; airside shuttle bus services; 10 immigration counters and three baggage carousels in the International Arrivals Hall; increased duty free and retail space; First, Business Class and smoking lounges; landside restaurants and coffee shops; banking facilities that can accommodate Visa and MasterCard transactions, free Wi-Fi; bureau de change; car hire and taxis services.
The Zimbabwean CAA has indicated that there may well be plans to build an airport hotel in the medium-term.