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CoNTeNTS 03 RuNwAy To SuCCeSS NATIoNAL AIRpoRTs CoRpoRATIoN LTD Lusaka International Airport PO Box 30175, Lusaka, Zambia pRINCe CHINTIMBWe Director Airport Services

Tel: +260 211 271 292 Fax: +260 211 271 292 Cell: +260 977 795 227 Email: prince.chintimbwe@lun.aero fRANK CHINAMBu Director Air Navigation Services

Tel: +260 211 271 118 Fax: +260 211 271 118 Email: frank.chinambu@lun.aero AgNess CHAILA Planning and Business Development Manager

Tel: +260 211 27 144; 271 313 Direct: +260 211 271 007 Fax: +260 211 271 007 Cell: +260 977 799 778 Email: agness.chaila@lun.aero

07 NACL pRofILe 08 movINg up To The mAjoR LeAgue Lusaka international Airport looks to the future

13 A BRANd-New AIRpoRT foR LuSAKA state-of-the-art passenger terminal will enhance passenger experience and tap new markets

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Runway to success W

e, at the National Airports Corporation Ltd (NACL), are committed to the

improvement of service delivery by ensuring that all our airports and navigation services meet the internationally accepted best practices and standards. To achieve this, the NACL seeks do the following: 1. Provide a modern airport network in our four principal airports at Lusaka, Livingstone, Ndola and Mfuwe. This will be achieved through the ongoing expansion programmes that include master plans for the four airports to drive growth and development well into 2030. 2. Provide modern equipment at these airports. This will include everything from enhanced security and safety equipment and installations

I am happy to note that our hard work is paying off

at the airports as well as up-to-date ground

gradually as more airlines continue to seek landing

handling equipment.

rights at our major airports. From January 2011 NACL expects to welcome major African carriers.

3. Deliver high quality services in an environmen-

RwandAir, one of the youngest airlines in Africa,

tally friendly manner that does minimal harm or no

will also commence flights into Lusaka in the first

harm at all to our treasured environment.

quarter of 2011.

4. Upgrade our Global Navigation Satellite

Through constant product improvement at all our

Systems (GNSS) at all the four major airports in

airports, competitive fees and constant engage-

Zambia to aid aircraft flying into Zambia.

ment with various government ministries and agencies and key stakeholders in the aviation busi-

5. Develop a large pool of highly skilled manpower

ness, including the airlines and exporters, NACL

through constant training programmes meant to

seeks to provide an enabling environment through

bring them up to speed with the latest develop-

which the airlines can benefit and visitors coming to

ments and technologies in the aviation industry.

Zambia can experience our warmth and hospitality.

I am also pleased to announce that the NACL has applied for ISO 9001-2008. We have already

Robinson Misitala

undergone an extensive audit on quality manage-

Managing director

ment systems.

National Airports Corporation Ltd

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KENYA AIRWAYS


NACL PROFILE N

ational Airports Corporation Ltd (NACL) is a parastatal company that is wholly

owned by the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ). The NACL was established in 1989 after the amendment of the Aviation Act and was incorporated under the Companies Act Chapter 388 Volume 25 of the Laws of Zambia.

 Lusaka International Airport is the gateway to Zambia  Livingstone International Airport, serves the tourist destination of Livingstone, home of the mighty Victoria Falls.  Ndola International Airport serves the mineralrich Copperbelt Province.  Mfuwe International Airport links the world to

The Corporation was established with the triple

the wild by serving South Luangwa National

purpose of developing, maintaining and managing

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the four international airports in Zambia, namely Lusaka, Livingstone, Ndola and Mfuwe as well as to provide air navigation services in the entire Zambian air space.

Corporate and mission statement To develop and manage airport and air navigation infrastructure and services to international standards, meeting our stakeholders’ values while profitably contributing to the national economic development.

Vision To be the leading provider of world-class airport and air navigation services.

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Moving up to the major league Lusaka International Airport looks to the future

L

usaka is the gateway to Zambia, and

undergone only piecemeal renovation over the past

Lusaka International Airport provides many

four decades, it is long overdue for an overhaul.

regional and international visitors with their first impression of the nation’s capital.

Old infrastructure

“With the airport being the first experience for the

“The old infrastructure at the airport has not only

leisure and business traveller coming into Lusaka,

hindered the installation of vital airport services and

that impression must be very good for them to want

facilities over the years, but is a huge impediment

to stay here and spend or invest their money,” said

to expansion and it would be an even more costly

Prince Chintimbwe, Director of Airport Services

affair to attempt to expand it in its present state,”

at the National Airports Corporation Ltd (NACL).

said Mr Chintimbwe.

“Guided by this and other major issues that we are currently looking at, plans are at an advanced stage

Consequently, the government, through the NACL,

to construct a new modern airport for Lusaka.”

has decided to build a new airport complex with world-class facilities and superior ground handling

The airport opened in 1967 and was designed to

equipment.

handle about 2 million passengers a year. It currently handles only about 0.8 million passengers a year, but the infrastructure is old and dilapidated. Having

New flights lead to passenger growth Apart from its ageing infrastructure, another pressing reason for the airport upgrade is that more regional airlines want landing rights at Lusaka. Projections from the NACL indicate that passenger and cargo volumes will increase over the next few years and well into 2030. In recent months, the airport has welcomed at least five new African carriers. EgyptAir and RwandAir, one of Africa’s youngest airlines were expected to start using Lusaka in the first quarter of 2011. Robinson Misitala, Managing Director of the NACL, said: “We have worked closely with the major airlines that fly into Lusaka with a view to improving the facilities at the airport. And, guided by the feedback that we get from them and the need for us to create a positive first impression for the business and leisure traveller coming to Zambia, we have decided

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to come up with a new modern airport complex that will be capable of handling the growing passenger numbers at Lusaka International Airport.” Mr Misitala said Lusaka has seen an average growth of 13.5 per cent in passenger volumes in the past five years. In spite of the global financial crisis, it registered an impressive six per cent growth in 2009, thus underlining its potential. And with Lusaka playing a bigger regional role, especially in the Common Market for Southern and Eastern Africa (COMESA), which covers more than 350 million people, the city now plays host to many regional and international conferences and business meetings.

Strong national airline While the authorities are keen to develop a new airport in Lusaka, they are alive to challenges in the aviation sector and are willing to embrace them so as to position Lusaka International Airport as a major player in southern Africa. One factor that has impeded the growth of Lusaka International Airport is the absence of a major national carrier. Growing competition in the African skies, led to the demise of Zambia Airways. Even though Lusaka-based Zambezi Airlines is becoming a dominant airline in Zambia, it has difficulties competing with major players such

revenue and to share a common national vision,”

as Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and South

said Mr Chintimbwe.

African Airlines. “True, the fact that we do not have a strong

Between two hubs

national airline has really affected the expansion

Apart from that, Lusaka is positioned roughly

and development of Lusaka International Airport,

halfway between two air hubs, Nairobi’s Jomo

since we need a strong base airline to increase

Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to the north

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and Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport (OTIA) to the south. Mr Chintimbwe said: “There are some positives and negatives that we can draw from our location between two major aviation brand airports in Africa; the negative being that it makes it increasingly difficult for us to grow as a dominant airport hub in the region because we are competing against bigger and well-tested brand airports with excellent infrastructure and strong national airlines. “However, this can work in our favour if we turn this airport into a feeder airport for the two major hubs. This can be achieved through the development and expan-

sion of the existing infrastructure and the establishment of a strong national airline to serve the southern African region and provide traffic to the major airlines through Lusaka. We are happy that the Zambian government is open to discussions with both local and foreign investors keen on establishing a strong airline for the country.”

Benefiting from the hubs According to Mr Chintimbwe, Lusaka gets most of its traffic from the two hubs. From Nairobi, there is a lot of cargo from Zambian and regional merchants returning from shopping trips to the Middle East and the Far East. From Johannesburg, there are large numbers of tourists coming to Zambia. Mr Chintimbwe said: “For us, we cannot be a Jomo Kenyatta or an Oliver Tambo overnight, we have much to learn from the two major hubs as we develop our own. But while there is competition, both Jomo Kenyatta and Oliver Tambo are not killing us because we are benefiting immensely from them and it is helping increase our passenger and cargo numbers.”

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A brand-new airport for Lusaka State-of-the-art passenger terminal will enhance passenger experience and tap new markets

L

usaka International Airport is to undergo

nation’s tourism capital; Ndola International Airport, in

an expansion programme over the next

Zambia’s copper mining heartland; and Mfuwe Inter-

few years that will transform it into one of

national Airport, close to South Luangwa National

the most modern in Africa, with world-class

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facilities and efficient ground handling equipment.

According to Robinson Misitala, Managing Director of the National Airports Corporation Ltd (NACL),

A new master plan for the airport has been put

the expansion and creation of a new international

together by the aviation consultancy group Leigh

airport at Lusaka has been prompted by a number

Fischer Associates on behalf of the Zambian

of critical factors. One of the main reasons is the

government.

ageing condition of the current facility.

The study was funded by the United States Trade

Misitala said it would be more expensive to expand

& Development Agency (USTDA) to identify the

the current infrastructure; while the demolition

future of Lusaka and three other international

process, and the erection of new structures,

airports in Zambia: Livingstone International, in the

would not only weaken the airport structure but would also pose a major security and safety threat for passengers.

New airport Prince Chintimbwe, director of airport services at NACL, said: “It has therefore been decided that we will have a new airport built adjacent to the current terminal complex at Lusaka International Airport.” According to Misitala, plans are at an advanced stage. NACL is collaborating with various government agencies, notably the Ministry of Transport & Communications, to decide the remaining processes that will need final approval from the government.

Phased construction According to Misitala, the expansion work will be phased over a couple of years. The cost of the new terminal building, plus auxiliary infrastructure such as aprons and taxiways, will be about US $200 million.

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“Phase I of the expansion programme is set to

Chintimbwe. There will be a new apron and taxi-

begin immediately we get the nod from the govern-

ways linked to the existing runway.

ment,” said Chintimbwe. “Our desire is not just to create a new structure for the sake of it; we want

“As passenger numbers are projected to rise over

to create a worthy first impression to the visiting

the years, we will develop new termini and aprons,”

leisure and business traveller coming into Zambia.

said Mr Chintimbwe.

We are also alive to the fact that passenger and cargo numbers at Lusaka are progressively rising and, with regional and major African airlines

Tower

seeking landing rights into Lusaka, it makes it

There will also be a new communications tower,

necessary for us to construct a new passenger

that will be centrally located between the existing

terminal at the airport.”

runway and the new runway, which will be developed on the west side of the new terminal complex.

Chintimbwe said Phase I of the expansion would

The current terminal building will be refurbished for

cost about US$200 million.

domestic departures and arrivals.

When complete, the new facility will be one of the most modern airports in southern Africa, offering an

Room for expansion

enhanced passenger experience. It will have self-

Misitala said: “Once we get government approval,

check-in kiosks and common use terminal equipment.

it will help kick off the next phase, which will be project financing for the construction of the new

New terminal and tower

passenger terminal. Thus far, we have received a couple of offers from interested firms from China and

Phase I will include a new terminal building for

the United States, but we cannot proceed until we

international departures and arrivals, says

get government approval.” Located on nearly 2,000 hectares, Lusaka International Airport has ample room for development, with less than 200 hectares developed so far. As well as having a modern terminal complex, the airport will be linked to a new free economic zone on the western fringes of the airport. Covering 500 hectares, this new complex is being developed by a consortium of Chinese investors. According to Misitala, this will complete the transformation of Lusaka International Airport into a major aviation player in southern Africa.

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Betting big on cargo A

s the National Airports Corporation Ltd

progressively expanding mining and agricultural

(NACL) seeks to expand and construct an

activities, which are the biggest contributors to the

ultra-modern passenger complex at Lusaka

national gross domestic product.”

International Airport, the focus is now shifting to the development of cargo business at the

He went on: “We are alive to the fact that we are

airport.

a landlocked nation, but we want to use that to our advantage. And, since we are neighbouring eight

The airport’s cargo handling capacity is underused

countries in the region, we want to be the cargo

at the present time. The NACL is seeking ways to

receiving and distribution hub serving all these

change this to take advantage of Zambia’s central

markets.”

location in southern Africa, with Lusaka positioned almost equidistant between the east and west coasts – a factor that could work positively for the airport once its cargo capacity has been developed.

Agriculture blooms in Zambia Agriculture is the second-largest contributor to economic growth in Zambia. The industry has

Cargo hub for southern Africa

taken off in the past few years thanks to the policies of the late president, Levy Mwanawasa, who

“Our desire is to become the regional cargo hub in

helped push the industry forward. When the land

southern Africa,” said Robinson Misitala, managing

ownership and subsequent economic crisis in next-

director of the NACL. “We have a huge potential of

door Zimbabwe came to a head, this led a rapid

achieving this, not only because of our geograph-

expansion of Zambia’s agricultural output as some

ical location in the region but also because of our

white Zimbabwean farmers crossed the border and relocated in Zambia. These factors, together with a stable socio-political climate, were exactly what Zambia’s agricultural sector needed to move it forward. Soon, the country was producing a surplus and began to seek new markets for its farm produce. During this period, the country’s floriculture and horticulture industries also took off. Although the subsector is still at its parturient stage, the industry offers huge potential not only in driving the agricultural growth of Zambia but also developing a vibrant air cargo business for Lusaka. “We are seeing a growth area that has the potential of making Lusaka International Airport a regional

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cargo hub that feeds into other markets in southern African and into Europe as well,” said Mr Misitala.

Cargo development challenges However, he said the growth of the cargo business at Lusaka was hampered by a number of factors that were working against full exploitation – most notably, the lack of regular scheduled cargo flights. “Even though there are some chartered cargo flights into Lusaka, their frequencies are irregular and erratic to say the very least and cannot be depended upon, especially by the fresh produce farmers, who must get their produce to the markets in prime condition,” said Misitala.

HIGH AIRFREIGHT CHARGES “And while there is a lot of cargo to take out of Lusaka, many of the cargo flights that have

“This is worrying for the fresh farm produce

managed to come here have, on the other hand,

exporter because their produce may lose value

arrived empty or half-empty as there is not as much

during the transfer time from the cold room storage

cargo coming into Lusaka. This means that the

facility to the aircraft parked at the passenger

operators will charge higher rates for airfreighting

terminal, a distance of almost 1 km,” said Misi-

the fresh farm produce, and it has been a huge

tala. “That is why we are racing against time to

deterrent to local farmers, who opt to transport

develop these new facilities at the airport, because

their produce by road to Johannesburg for onward

we know the business is there. We only need to

distribution to European markets through Oliver

upgrade and expand our facilities and equip them

Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.”

with modern equipment to help grow Lusaka International Airport as a favourable cargo hub in

Another factor that is impeding the growth and

the region.”

development of cargo business at Lusaka is the dearth of cold storage facilities. The airport currently has only one such facility, insufficient to

Consultative engagements

meet local demand. Moreover, access to the freight

To achieve this, the NACL has been in regular

terminal at Lusaka is very difficult because much of

consultation with the Zambia Export Growers

the apron is unpaved, making it impossible for a jet

Association (ZEGA), an umbrella body for Zambia’s

airliner to taxi to the cargo terminal to pick up cargo.

produce farmers. At these meetings, ZEGA has

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put forward various proposals to the NACL that they would like to be implemented at Lusaka International Airport, especially now that they are developing a new passenger terminal. Misitala said ZEGA’s suggestions had been incorporated into the new master plan for Lusaka and would be implemented as the expansion took place over the next few years.

Cargo development at Ndola

areas through Ndola International Airport, especially dry cargo coming into and out of the region.”

In addition to Lusaka, the NACL is looking to develop cargo handling capacity at Ndola Interna-

According to Misitala, the opening of the Cham-

tional Airport in the copper belt region.

bishi Multi-Economic Facility (MEF) between Kitwe and Chingola is one of the new economic engines

“The northern region is ripe for cargo flights

in the region that is set to drive and fully develop

because of the numerous mining activities in the

the cargo business at Ndola International Airport.

area,” said Misitala. “Ndola International Airport is not only serving the mining companies operating

“The MEF at Chambishi will be an integral part in

in northern Zambia, but is also serving the mining

the development of the cargo business at Ndola

operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

because there will be a lot of value addition of the

We therefore see a cargo business growth in these

minerals mined in the region, especially copper,” said Misitala. “This means that there will be a lot of imports of spares and machinery though Ndola and the subsequent exports of finished products through the airport to the regional and international markets.” According to Misitala, the master plans for both Lusaka and Ndola have factored in the MEF and the future growth of cargo business and have made provisions for rail extensions into these airports to enhance the movement of cargo. Ndola International Airport is less than 10 km from an existing railway line that would link it to the Chambishi MEF. “We have seen the market. It can be grown,” said Mr Misitala. “We only need to upgrade our infrastructure, and that is what we are doing.”

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Lusaka International Airport cargo figures Cargo handled at Lusaka International Airport between January and August 2010 CARGO (TONNES) MONTH UNLOAD

LOAD

TRANSIT

TOTAL (tonnes)

January February March April May June July August

583.63 284.85 710.47 544.01 513.18 280.26 765.55 963.86

809.62 751.27 847.29 651.13 723.40 659.58 714.52 712.77

56.17 17.28 23.55 50.49 30.23 26.70 50.58 26.73

1,449.42 1,053.40 1,581.32 1,245.62 1,266.80 966.55 1,530.65 1,703.36

TOTALS

4,645.80

5,869.58

281.73

10,797.11

MAIL (TONNES) MONTH UNLOAD

LOAD

TRANSIT

TOTAL (kg)

TOTAL FREIGHT

January February March April May June July August

3.01 1.53 6.92 5.54 8.05 18.80 7.37 1.13

1.43 1.42 1.59 2.79 2.82 1.87 2.46 1.51

4.78 2.28 3.52 2.87 2.86 3.03 3.87 3.56

9.22 5.23 12.03 11.19 13.73 23.70 13.70 6.20

1,458.64 1,058.63 1,593.35 1,256.82 1,280.53 990.25 1,544.35 1,709.55

TOTALS

52.34

15.90

26.77

95.00

10,892.11

Fresh produce exports at Lusaka International Airport FRESH FLOWERS FARM PRODUCE FARM PRODUCE MONTH /VEGETABLES CHARTERS SCHEDULES January February March April May June July August

TOTALS

323.6 177.1 253.7 152.5 302.65 180.2 263.3 155.5 271.2 126.7 230.5 245.65 208.2

2,098.80

792.00

DRY CARGO

TRUCKS

161 140 173 119 176 277 288 271

50.4 72.5 85.16 65.8 56 60.7 90.6 63.8

19.7 16.8 17.3 11.9 23 22.7 25.5 21.7

1,605.00

544.96

158.60

Cargo flights into Lusaka International Airport NAME OF AIRLINE South African Cargo World Cargo DHL

A/C TYPE WEEKLY FREQUENCY HANDLER B737; 54 tonnes MD 11; 286 tonnes BE 19

3 1 7

ZEGA LTD ZEGA LTD ZEGA LTD

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Livingstone positions itself for growth As it welcomes tourists to the Victoria Falls

M

osi-oa-tunya – ‘the smoke that thunders’

countries, especially South Africa,” said Prince

– is the name Zambians have given to the

Chintimbwe, director of airport services at the

Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the

National Airports Corporation Limited (NACL),

natural world and a major crowd-puller in the

the government agency mandated to manage and

country’s Southern Province.

maintain Zambia’s major airports.

Located about 15 km from Livingstone, the falls

“Over the last few years, we have witnessed an

are a must-see attraction for tourists coming to

exponential growth in tourism-related activities

Zambia or, indeed, southern Africa. Livingstone

and we are glad that the economic policies of the

has become the tourism capital of Zambia as

Zambian government have identified tourism as

thousands of visitors from all over the world come

a strong economic contributor to the Zambian

to see the mighty falls.

economy. The government has invested a huge amount of capital to help market Zambia as a

Tourism booms

tourism destination.”

Livingstone is served by the nearby Livingstone

Chintimbwe went on: “Tourism has the potential of

International Airport, which was established in

being the third-biggest economic engine for Zambia

1950 to serve the growing, predominantly domestic

after mining and agriculture. For a long time, we

market. With the city’s growth as a tourism desti-

have been sleeping on the job and not realising the

nation, however, the airport has expanded to serve

huge potential it offers the Zambian economy.”

the growing international passenger traffic. He said this had been realised after the economic “Most of the international tourists come into

crisis in neighbouring Zimbabwe, which was

Livingstone from the neighbouring southern African

running away with all the tourist dollars of those coming to see the Victoria Falls. “Many would cross over into Zambia, where they could get a better view of the falls, but after the economic crisis in Zimbabwe, Zambia’s tourism numbers soared and we realised the potential that the tourism industry offers us,” said Chintimbwe.

New passenger terminal With this in mind, the Zambian government, through the NACL, has invested not only in modernising the infrastructure at Livingstone International Airport, but also in building a new terminal complex for international arrivals and departures.

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“Construction work has already begun,” said Chintimbwe. “The work will be carried out in three phases. We have already started Phase I, which will involve the construction of a new concourse and the international departures terminal.” Robinson Misitala, managing director of the NACL, said the entire airport expansion programme at Livingstone would cost about US$12 million. He said Phase I would include a new passenger departures terminal complex that will also embrace a new concourse, an administration block and core commercial areas with access roads. Misitala said Phase I would cost about $6.6 million and was being financed by the Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZNCB). This phase is due for completion by April 2012. Phase II will include a new arrivals terminal complex

The airport expansion was prompted by a recent

for international passengers. Other facilities such

study by Jacobs Consulting which indicated a

as a drop-off zone and walkways will also be

progressive rise in tourism arrivals into Livingstone

included. The estimated cost is US$5.3 million.

over the next 20 years to 2030.

Expansion

The study was conducted, with United States Trade & Development Agency assistance, for the

The second phase of expansion is due to start

Zambian Ministry of Transport & Communications,

immediately after completion of Phase I in April

which has carried out studies and drawn up master

2012. According to Misitala, however, funding for

plans for the country’s four major airports.

Phase II is yet to be secured. Statistics from the Ministry indicate that Livingstone He said the third and final phase would cost about

handled 208,112 passengers in 2008 compared with

ZMK3.7 billion and would include the purchase and instal-

33,849 in 2001. The tourism sector was affected by

lation of ground handling equipment and self-check-in

the global economic crisis in 2009 but still managed

kiosks. These items had already been procured, he said.

to register an impressive 153,601 passengers. “All indications are that we are going to beat the 2008

Once the expansion programme is complete, the

figures, which was our best year for all the four

existing passenger terminal will be converted to

international airports,” said Chintimbwe.

handle domestic flights.

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LIVINGSTONE International Airport FACILITIES Elevation Runway Runway length Runway width Runway surface Apron Fire category

3,250 ft 10/28 3 km 46 m Bitumen 18 stands 7

Design Aircraft Operating hrs VOR DME NDB VDB Ground Handling by

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Mining passenger and cargo numbers Ndola set to be regional cargo hub serving copperbelt and regional markets

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riginally set up in 1938 as a British

Misitala said: “We are looking at modernising the

military airbase, Ndola is Zambia’s oldest

airport and bringing the infrastructure up to speed.

airport. It was converted into a civil airport in

This will be achieved through the master plan that

the 1950s, but maintained its military links.

we have developed to guide the expansion of the airport over the next 20 years as well as through

Located less than 3 km from Ndola city, in the

the acquisition of modern safety and security and

heart of the copperbelt, Ndola International is an

ground handling equipment.”

airport of growing importance, serving the mining industry not only in Zambia but also in the south-

Misitala said Ndola International Airport was one in

east part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

dire need of rehabilitation and expansion. Under the proposed master plan, the NACL will invest $25

New passenger terminal Robinson Misitala, managing director of the National Airports Corporation Ltd (NACL), said

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million in a new passenger terminal complex.

Passenger traffic growth

plans were well advanced for an overhaul of the

Over the past few years, passenger traffic at Ndola

infrastructure including the construction of a new

has been climbing steadily as a result of the copper

passenger terminal at Ndola International Airport.

mining boom. The industry was given a boost

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recently when a Canadian company invested over US$1 billion in a new copper mine. The copper belt is already home to various successful enterprises. There has been a high level of Chinese investment in the region’s mining activities and this, in turn, has led to an increase in passenger traffic through Ndola International Airport. Several airlines in the region have lined up to take advantage of the expanding passenger volumes in and out of Ndola. Flights into Ndola have been introduced recently by Africa’s most profitable airline, Kenya Airways – an indication of how passenger numbers are growing.

Emphasis on cargo Misitala said: “Under the master plan, we are not only looking at passenger growth. We are also placing a strong emphasis on cargo numbers out of Ndola,

Rail link

because there is a huge potential in cargo traffic into

The new MEF has been factored into the airport

and out of Ndola and that is what we are working on

master plan, which also includes a rail link to the

as we shift into the expansion mode for the airport.”

Chambishi MEF to ease the movement of cargo to and from the airport. According to Mr Misitala, a 10

According to Misitala, the newly opened

km link will be constructed from the airport to link up

Chambishi Multi-Economic Facility (MEF), located

with the main railway between Ndola and Chambishi.

between Kitwe and Chingola, is an important economic engine for the region that will boost the

He said the overall vision for Ndola International

cargo business.

Airport was to transform it into a regional cargo hub for the mining industry in Zambia and the DRC

“The MEF at Chambishi will be an integral part in the

while at the same time serving regional markets

development of the cargo business at Ndola because

through the export of finished products from the

there will be a lot of value addition of the minerals

copper belt and from the Chambishi MEF.

mined in the region, especially copper,” said Misitala. “This means that there will be a lot of imports of spares and machinery though Ndola and the subsequent exportation of finished products through the airport to the regional and international markets.”

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Ndola International Airport facts and figures Ndola International Airport aircraft movements 800

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NDOLA INTERNATIONAL Airport FACILITIES Elevation Runway Runway length Runway width Runway surface Apron Fire category

4,167 ft 10/28 2.515 km 46 m Concrete 6 stands 7

Design Aircraft Operating hrs VOR DME NDB VDB Ground Handling by

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Tourism takes off at MfuWe W

hile tourism has really taken off in Zambia over the past few years, the

nation’s tourism sector has been in existence for much longer – even though it was not regarded as a growth industry when compared with copper mining. Now, thanks to a number of factors, including the economic crisis in neighbouring Zimbabwe and the socio-political stability of Zambia, tourism is the country’s fastest-growing industry. But Zambia’s longer association with tourism is

This is Mfuwe International Airport, which began in

underlined by the existence of a well established

the 1970s as a domestic airport to serve tourists

airport close to South Luangwa National Park.

coming to the park from other destinations such as Livingstone through Lusaka. It was transformed into an international airport in 1995.

MFUwE International Airport aircraft movements

With the exponential growth of tourism, Mfuwe 800

International Airport now receives daily domestic

AIRCRAFT NUMBERS

700

flights from Lusaka and Livingstone.

600 500

Destinations

400

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looking to connect with key tourism destina-

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International 07/08

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International 08/09

has an annual capacity of 100,000 passengers.

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1,853 ft 10/28 2.2 km 30 m Bitumen 4 stands 4

Design Aircraft Operating hrs VOR DME NDB VDB Ground Handling by

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Passenger traffic Passenger numbers between 2005 and 2010 at all four airports General passengers

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Domestic International

124,684 559,560

148,289 698,888

182,372 866,404

258,549 922,362

167,661 745,202

191,451 894,796

Total

684,244

845,177

1,048,776

1,180,911

912,863

1,086,247

+11.12%

+23.52%

+24.09%

+12.6%

-22.7%

+18.99%

Percentage growth

GENERAL PASSENGERS

TOTAL

INTERNATIONAL

DOMESTIC

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2010

2009

2008

PASSENGER MOVEMENT 1990-2010

2007

DOMESTIC

2006

INTERNATIONAL

2005

TOTAL

1,200,000 1,100,000 1,000,000 900,000 800,000 700,000 600,000 500,000 400,000 300,000 200,000 100,000

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0 19 91 19 92 19 93 19 94 19 95 19 96 19 97 19 98 19 99 20 00 20 01 20 02 20 03 20 04 20 05 20 06 20 07 20 08 20 09 20 10

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Mweru Wantipa National Park

Nsumbu National Park

Lake Mweru

AIRPORT LOCATIONS

TANZANIA Kawambwa Kasama

Lusenga Plain National Park

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Isangano National Park

Lake Bangweulu

Nyika Plateau National Park

Lavushi Manda National Park North Luangwa National Park

Solwezi

ANGOLA West Lunga National Park

Kasanka National Park

Kitwe

NDOLA

ZAMBIA

Zambezi

Luambe National Park

South Luangwa National Park

Lukusuzi National Park

MFUWE

Kapiri Mposhi

Liuwa Plain National Park Kafue National Park

Mumbwa

MOZAMBIQUE

Mongu Blue Lagoon National Park

LUSAKA

Lower Zambezi National Park

Lochinvar National Park

Senanga Za mb

Ngonye Falls

Siavonga & Kariba Dam

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Sioma Ngwezi National Park

NAMIBIA

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Sinazongwe LIVINGSTONE

ZIMBABWE

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

BOTSWANA

SCHEDULED AIRLINES Scheduled airlines serving the four major airports in Zambia INTERNATIONAL

LUSAKA

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS KENYA AIRWAYS SOUTH AFRICAN AIRLINK BA-COMAIR ZAMBEZI AIRLINES ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES BRITISH AIRWAYS AIR ZIMBABWE AIR MALAWI TAAG ANGOLA AIRLINES 1TIME AIRLINE EGYPTAIR AIR BOTSWANA AIR NAMIBIA

LIVINGSTONE

NDOLA

MFUWE

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Charter operators STARAVIA AVOCET SEFOFANE STAR OF AFRICA NGWAZI AIR CHARTERS

CARGO ONE WORLD SA CARGO

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LUSAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PO BOX 30175 - LUSAKA - ZAMBIA PRINCE CHINTIMBWE Director Airport Services

Tel: +260 211 271 292 Fax: +260 211 271 292 Cell: +260 977 795 227 Email: prince.chintimbwe@lun.aero FRANK CHINAMBU Director Air Navigation Services

Tel: +260 211 271 118 Fax: +260 211 271 118 Email: frank.chinambu@lun.aero AGNESS CHAILA Planning and Business Development Manager

Tel: +260 211 27 144 / 271 313 Direct: +260 211 271 007 Fax: +260 211 271 007 Cell: +260 977 799 778 Email: agness.chaila@lun.aero

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