By Tendai Sahondo
The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) says the R.G. Mugabe International Airport Development Project is progressing well despite the numerous challenges bedevilling the economy.
When complete, the airport will have increased capacity to handle up to 6 million passengers per annum from the current 2.5 million with a bigger terminal building and additional aero-bridges to accommodate new critical aircraft like the B777s, B787s.
In an update availed to The Business Connect, CAAZ said The project will also incorporate extension and refurbishment of the International terminal building, refurbishments of the domestic terminal building and a new VVIP Pavilion complete with separate apron and access roads.
“The development project will result in the upgrading of navigation equipment and AGL/airfield lighting as well as refurbishment of existing fire station and relocation of the satellite fire station
“We are also looking at completing the runway rehabilitation works, expanding aprons and rehabilitating the car parks and access roads,” read the update.
Supply of some service equipment which includes ambulance vehicles, universal towing vehicle, fire fighting vehicle, two airside buses & two aircraft fuel servicing equipment is also expected in the near future.
CAAZ said most of the works are currently concentrated on the International terminal building, where foundation works are almost complete.
“Runway rehabilitation started on 24 June 2019, and the Contractor works at night to avoid disrupting flight. Piling works are in progress with 90% of piles done. A total of 35% of ground floor slabs and 85% of pile caps and beams have already been done
“Pouring of concrete is also in progress for suspended beams and slabs, while demolition work at viewing canopy is in progress with 40% of work done. In addition, relocation of services from the working area is on-going while design of electrical & mechanical drawings by the contractor is almost complete,” read the update.
CAAZ however said Sub-base gravel works for New Bay 7 apron are at a standstill as workers are busy on the runway. On the other hand, trial section concrete pavements have not yet started.