The new $150 million Victoria Falls International Airport opened to passengers officially on Sunday.
Set to change the face of the region, the potential impact on tourism in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe is extremely positive with the potential of long haul direct routes instead of flights via Johannesburg, South Africa.
The new airport sports an upgraded domestic terminal building, a 4km runway that will be capable of landing the world’s largest passenger aircraft, a new international terminal, and a car park built to accommodate 400 vehicles. A Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) spokesperson said the new airport, which will accommodate 1.7 million passengers per year – more than three times the current number.
The airport is used by Air Zimbabwe, South African Airways, BA Comair, Air Namibia, Fly Africa and charter flights, and it is hoped the commercial airlines will increase flight frequency to the iconic destination.
It is also anticipated the likes of British Airways , Qatar Airways, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Fast Jet and Air Botswana will introduce the Victoria Falls route to their flight itineraries.