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Gvt set to upgrade airports

Tendai Bhebe (Bulawayo Correspondent)

Government has set sights revamp and modernise airport infrastructure in a bid to develop Zimbabwe into a regional hub for world-class transport networks, logistics and services by the year 2030 and attract more international airlines.

The airport facelifting and expansion is in line with the National Development Strategy (NDS 1) recently launched with the target to have reliable, safe and world-class air transport infrastructure and services where the country is also targeting to increase annual cargo handling capacity from 40,2 million tonnes to 43,0 million tonnes by 2025.

Speaking during a post Cabinet briefing on Wednesday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa revealed that Government is working on the reestablishment of inflight kitchens in the national interest.

“While the upgrading and expansion for Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport is underway, other airports set for upgrading include J.M. Nkomo International Airport, Binga, Chirundu, Chapoto airstrips, Tugwi Mukosi, and the Kariba and Grand Reef Airport. The projects at these airports will include provision of the requisite social amenities. In addition, Government is working on the reestablishment of inflight kitchens in the national interest,” she revealed.

She said cabinet has approved the Action Plan presented by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development.

“Cabinet also considered and approved the Action Plan presented by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development. Cabinet was informed that the vision of the Ministry is to develop Zimbabwe into a regional hub for world-class transport networks, logistics and services by the year 2030. The Ministry seeks to develop sustainable integrated transport infrastructure networks and services that facilitate smooth, safe and secure movement of persons, goods and services.

“The Ministry will concentrate on transport infrastructure rehabilitation, construction and upgrades to standards that are prescribed in the National Development Strategy. The main focus will be on ensuring that the transport sector plays its rightful role of an enabler for overall economic growth across the agriculture, mining, electricity, manufacturing and tourism sectors,” she said.

She added: “Scanners will be increased at airports and other ports of entry and exit in order to enhance security and general surveillance. meanwhile dry ports will be set up in order to enhance the handling of imports and exports. Such ports are planned for Beitbridge, Chirundu, Mutare and Masvingo among others.”

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