Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport



IATA/ICAO: NLA/FLND Lat/Long: S12˚ 59’ 58” E028˚39’ 56” R/Way: – Main: 10/28 2515m, concrete – Secondary: 10/28 1,219m, Bitumen LCN: 70(Rigid) Elevation: 4167 feet above mean Sea level. Operating hours 06:00 – 20:00 local time (GMT +2) Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport was originally set up as a Military base for the Royal Air Force(England). It was built in 1938 to service the British army during the Second World War and was only converted into a civilian Airport in the1950’s. It is located approximately 3 kilometers South of the Ndola City central business district. The terminal building structure has been left intact with a few ancillary buildings added. In fact, this structure is dominated by Niston Huts, Typical of Military structures. Plans are however underway to build a modern structure conforming to ICAO and ACI standards. The Airport has a 2.5 km runway with a width of 46 meters and one secondary runway which is 1.2 km long and parallel to the main runway. There is also a parallel taxiway on the northern side of the runway. The main runway can land aircraft of up to a maximum of a DC 10. The apron has 6 large aircraft parking bays which can accommodate various types of aircraft at any particular time.


Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport (IATA: “NLA”, ICAO: “ FLSK”) renamed on the 20th of September in honour of the late Zambia’s freedom fighter “Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe” by the Zambian PF government (former Ndola International Airport) was originally set up as a Military base for the Royal Air Force (England). Built in 1938 to service the British army during the Second World War and was only converted into a civilian Airport in the1950s. It is located roughly about 3 (1.7NM) kilometers South EAST of the Ndola City central business district. The terminal building maintains the same old structure with a few ancillary buildings that have been added to accommodate the growing numbers of the travelling public. In fact, the structure is still dominated by Niston Huts, Typical of Military structures. However, plans are underway to relocate the airport and build a modern structure that will conform to ICAO and ACI standards. AIRPORT INFORMATION Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport is an airport with an average temperature of 32 degrees Celsius. Situated 4167 feet above mean sea level. On the 4th of April 2013 the ICAO code was changed from FLND to FLSK Runways There are two parallel west-east runways. The runway, 10L/28R is 2515 x 46 m long, and runway 10R/28L is 1219 x 23 m long. Both runways are equipped with an Instrument Approaches (VOR and NDBs) The runways 10L is equipped with an Approach Lighting Systems (high intensity white two cross bar system which is 640m). Runway 28R is also equipped with an Instrument lighting system (high intensity semi Calvert system which is 305m).