Victoria Falls International Airport Welcomes Ethiopian Airlines
The new Victoria Falls Airport, which now has the capacity to handle 1.5 million passengers per annum, tripling its previous volume, and is capable of landing some of the world’s largest aircraft, was officially opened on Friday 18th November 2016.
The airport features a four kilometer runway, state of the art control tower, which is one of the most advanced in Africa, and a fire station, equipped to respond to fire and medical emergencies.
Facilities at the international terminal include 14 check-in counters, 9 boarding gates, three baggage carousels, a dozen shops, two restaurants, 28 aircraft parking bays and parking facilities for roughly 400 vehicles.
The domestic terminal features six check-in counters, two passenger security screening facilities, one restaurant and three coffee shops, eight other shops and a business class lounge.
Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe confirmed that the authority is excited about the launch of Ethiopian Airlines’ services in 2017. Ethiopian Airlines will introduce flights into Victoria Falls International Airport from its hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from March 2017. The route is expected to be serviced by either an Airbus 350 or a Boeing 787.
The travel industry is very excited by the opening of the new Victoria Falls International Airport as well as the newly secured airline as this opens many new possibilities not only for tour operators through new markets, but also for travelers wishing to visit Southern Africa as a destination.