TRANSPORT and Infrastructural Development minister Obert Mpofu has expressed satisfaction with progress on the expansion work at the Victoria Falls International Airport saying the contractors were likely to complete the project ahead of the set deadline.
Speaking on the side lines of a field day at his homestead in Nyamandlovu on Wednesday, Mpofu commended the Chinese contractor, Jiangsu, for the rapid pace at which they were working on the project.
Jiangsu is working with a team of local engineers on the project.
He said the contractors had done the excavations at the airport and the granite stone and sand filling for the concrete had already been done.
“It might be complete before the deadline. The Chinese are doing wonderful work,” Mpofu said.
He said his ministry was planning to refurbish all airports in the country.
“Tenders have been put out and as you know, people have shown interest in fixing our roads,” Mpofu said.
The $150 million project that started in February last year includes construction of a 4 kilometre-long runway, a new international terminal building and an upgraded domestic terminal building.
When complete, the airport would have a new fire station, new control tower and state-of-the-art aviation equipment as well as have enough capacity for wide bodied aircrafts and tohandle 1,5 million tourists annually.