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The Harare International Airport, with a passenger capacity of 2,5 million per year, was last expanded and commissioned in 2001.

Government has stepped up effort to improve local aviation facilities and recently announced it had secured US$153 million from China for the expansion of the International Airport with reconstruction work set to start soon.

The China Export Import Bank has extended the loan facility for the project to be undertaken by Chinese construction and engineering firm, China Jiangsu.


Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, will increase the facility’s capacity from handling around 2,5 million travellers to over 6 million annually.

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EXPANSION of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare will begin anytime with construction equipment now en route to the site as Government last week gave legal backing to a US$153 million loan secured from China recently.

The expansion of Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport will increase the facility’s capacity from handling just over two million travellers to about six million annually. Our Harare Bureau understands that the extensive facelift will include modernisation of facilities at the airport, with the car park set to be transformed into a multi-storey facility that can handle hundreds of vehicles. Modern airport bridges will also be installed at new gates while the runway will also be expanded further to allow for multiple landings at the same time. Currently, only one airplane can land at any given time. Technology will also be upgraded with a new radar system being deployed. Moving walkways, a slow-moving conveyor mechanism that transports passengers across a horizontal or inclined plane over a short to medium distance, will also be installed.

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Parliament Okays $153m Airport Deal



The National Assembly yesterday ratified the $153 million Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport expansion project following the signing of a loan agreement between Government and China Eximbank last month.

The motion seeking ratification was moved by Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa.

The loan agreement was signed on April 4 and work is expected to commence soon following yesterday's ratification.

Minister Chinamasa said upgrading and expansion of the airport would restore Zimbabwe and Harare's position as an international and regional hub.

"We should expect increased passenger and aircraft processing areas through the expansion of the international terminal building," he said.

"There should be improved passenger processing through the introduction of state-of-the-art passenger processing and facilitation equipment and systems, runway safety assurance through completion of the runway rehabilitation and airfield lighting project. (We) expect increased traffic at the airport as has been evidenced by traffic growth at the Victoria Falls International Airport after completion of that development project."

He said the concessional loan agreement had a seven-year grace period, an annual two percent interest rate, 0,25 percent commission fees and management fees pegged at the same rate and would have a tenure of 20 years inclusive of the seven-year grace period.

Minister Chinamasa said an on-lending agreement between Government and the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe would be signed soon under the same terms.

He said money collected from various fees at the airport would go towards repayment of the loan.

"The proceeds collected from air infrastructure development fund and air passengers' services charge would be ring-fenced into an escrow account that would be jointly monitored by the Government and the China Eximbank," he said.
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^^interesting to see what they do with the expansion. Harare airport has unique Zimbabwean architecture. I hope we don't see it spoiled by the generic Chinese design.
to be fair vic falls airport was designed by a Zimbabwean even though it was built by chinnese I hope they follow suit.
 
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