HARARE – The Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport expansion project is progressing well, with airside shuttle buses starting to operate on Thursday in anticipation of increased passenger traffic.
The buses arrive as the airport is set to become a world-class facility after the construction and roofing of the superstructure, installation of passenger facilitation facilities and flight walkways.
“The last shuttles were in service in 2006 and this visit now that we are expanding the airport is very important. They will certainly improve service delivery as they will transport passengers to and from aircraft.
“These airside buses also ensure that there are no delays at the immigration office for arrivals and departures. More passenger facilitation facilities will be rolled out soon,” said Tawanda Gusha, Managing Director of Airports Company of Zimbabwe.
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The airside buses were commissioned by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Felix Mhona.
“The Second Republic, under the visionary leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, is well on its way to ensuring that the airport becomes a world-class airport. And to achieve this, we have launched the expansion project and the arrival of these buses will ensure that this is achieved.
“I urge ACZ to maintain momentum and continue to expand the fleet and facilities that will capture traffic. The people must celebrate the milestones as we continue to build our country brick by brick, as called for in President Mnangagwa’s statement nyika inovakwa nevene vayo [the nation is built by its people],” he said.
The airside buses will add, among other things, four new decks, a secondary radar system and a VVIP pavilion.
Once completed, the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport is expected to handle six million passengers a year, compared to two point five million passengers currently.
- ZBC News Online