Construction of KKI Airport on course

ONLY 32 percent of the work at the new international terminal at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport which is being carried out at a cost of US$360 million has been done, but the project is on course. Responding to a press query, Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) communication and brand manager Mweembe Sikaulu disclosed that the construction works at the new airport terminals were going on well. Ms Sikaulu said that the scope of work being carried out at the new site included the construction of a K4 million capacity international terminal building with six aero bridges. She added that the project would also include the construction of a thirty room capacity in-transit hotel as well as a seventy room non-transit passenger hotel. Ms Sikaulu stated that the construction of the new Presidential Pavilion was also progressing well and that a new shopping centre and office complex were also set to be built near the airport. “Works at KKIA, at a cost of US$360 million is progressing well. The scope of work includes the construction of a K4 million capacity international terminal building with 6 aero bridges. There will also be construction of a 30 room capacity in-transit hotel as well as a seventy 70 room non-transit passenger hotel. There will be construction of new taxi ways, aprons, rescue and fire services stations, landside and airside drive ways as well as an Air Traffic Control Tower. New Presidential Pavilion is also progressing well and a new shopping centre and office complex on set to be built near the airport,” she said. Ms Sikaulu also stated that so far there had been no major challenges experienced with regards to the project and that they were happy with the progress of the construction thus far. She expressed confidence that the construction works at the new international terminal at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport would be completed by 2019. Ms Sikaulu further said that part of the scope of work was the rehabilitation and refurbishment of the existing Kenneth Kaunda International airport which she said shall be turned into a 2 million passenger capacity domestic terminal once the newly constructed international terminal was complete. “The terminal will house executive lounges, charters, low cost carriers, general aviation, cafés, restaurants, banks and other amenities.   We are appealing to the travelling public to bear with us through this process. However, once done Zambia Airports Corporation Limited shall deliver an upgraded terminal building with international standards that will rival others in the region” she said.

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