By BRIAN HATYOKA -
THE new international terminal building at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone will be officially commissioned in the next quarter of this year, National Airports Corporation Limited (NACL) managing director Robinson Misitala has said.
Mr Misitala said although no date had been set yet for the official opening of the terminal, everything was being done to ensure the project was completed according to plan.
Airport operations are going on normally despite the works.
Mr Misitala said in response to a Press query that the finishing touches on the new terminal had commenced after the industrial break and that the works were expected to finish within the first quarter.
Mr Misitala said the contractor and workers had been on industrial break, hence the delay.
The works awaiting completion include furnishing of the VIP lounges, installation of fittings in the kitchens and restaurants and some minor plumbing works.
Mr Misitala also noted that he is happy with the integration of the automated system throughout the airport which comprised a Local Area Network, WiFi, Internet Protocol Television, Closed Circuit Television and fire alarm systems, which was done in collaboration with third-party network and security supplier.
“Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport is operating as an intelligent airport because management will be able to share real-time information with all airport stakeholders, which will improve operational efficiency and facilitate superior service throughout the airport,” Mr Misitala said.
The transformation project at the airport is part of the NACL’s airport infrastructure development master plan, which covers the four international airports in Zambia.
Both the old and new airport infrastructures in Livingstone will be attracting about one million passengers yearly from the current average of 250,000 passengers annually.