PROJECT TEAM FINALISES KKIA TERMINAL DRAWINGS
Thursday 2nd April 2015
Lusaka – Significant progress has been attained regarding the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport project following the thorough review of the architectural designs.
China Airports Corporation the consultant that has designed the facilities for the new airport were in the country for four days to review the designs together with China Jiangxi, ZACL management and officials from the buildings dept. of the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication.
The project team worked round the clock to make final amends to the drawings in readiness for the construction of the ultra-modern terminal to begin.
The team focused on four main buildings namely, the VVIP Terminal, the Rescue and Fire Appliance Bay, the international passenger terminal with capacity of 4 million passengers per annum and the 80 bed capacity Hotel. They also looked at the Office and Shopping complex, Cargo terminal, catering facilities, fuel farm and car park.
The exercise is aimed at ensuring that the architectural designs and the working drawings have captured all the specifications contained in the contract. ZACL is happy that the exercised has progressed well with most of the elements being agreed to by all stakeholders while some amends have also been proposed to the consultant.Once all the designs have been reviewed by the stakeholders, the final designs will be released for approval after which construction should commence.
The new KKIA once completed will be a show piece in the region competing with the likes of OR Tambo in South Africa. ZACL is striving to make the airport a regional hub.
ZAMBIA AIRPORTS CORPORATION LIMITED 2014 PERFORMANCE STATUS
Lusaka, 12th January 2015 – Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) says the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport recorded 1,080,836 passengers at the end of December 2014, representing a 2% growth rate from last year’s 1,064,950 passengers.
The Corporation also says it recorded marginal growth in Aircraft movement when it recorded 67,047 movements compared to 65,951 during the same period last year, representing a growth rate of 1.7%.
ZACL says last year’s growth rate has been hampered by a number of factors which include the Ebola out-break in West Africa, Increase in the cost of air fares and withdrawal of flights by KLM in October.
According to a statement released by ZACL Communications & Branding Manager Sally Namutowe, the Corporation recorded a total of 1,574,242 General Passenger Movements at the four international airports during the period January to December 2014 compared to 1,543,144 during the same period in 2013.
Ms. Namutowe disclosed that the global passenger trends stood at +4.7% in September 2014, indicating that Zambia was growing at 2.7% less than the world growth rate.
“Generally all the four international airports recorded positive growth in international passenger traffic except Mfuwe International Airport which recorded a negative growth of -8.7%. The highest growth was recorded at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport at +6.3% while Kenneth Kaunda and Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula had +0.1% and +2.6% respectively”, she said.
She added that the Kenneth Kaunda and Mfuwe International airports recorded positive growth in the domestic sector, while Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International airports recorded negative growth with Kenneth Kaunda International Airport recording the highest domestic growth at +9.3%.
“In terms of Cargo movement, ZACL recorded a decline of 19% with 17,197 metric tons for the period January to December 2014 compared to 21,313 metric tons during the same period last year. This can be attributed to factors such as improved road network which has seen a decline in use of air freight; few players on the market thereby reducing competition and high cost of air freight in Zambia,” she said.
Ms. Namutowe however pointed that the Corporation is confident of improved cargo movement following the conclusion of talks with Martin Air, a subsidiary of KLM that is expected to commence cargo flights by next week.
Regarding passenger traffic performance the Corporation says the infrastructure upgrade programme that it has embarked on will improve customer facilitation and thereby improve performance at all the four international airports.
ZACL says it is set to begin construction of the new Kenneth Kaunda International Airport this year while the construction of a Greenfield airport in Ndola is also on the cards. The new passenger international terminal building in Livingstone is almost complete with only a few final touches before the official commissioning sometime this year, while design and financing arrangements for Mfuwe International Airport is schedule to commence this year.
RADAR UPDATE – 6th April 2015
The Zambia Air Traffic Management Radar (ZATM-Radar) project is currently being implemented by the Government through the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications and the Zambia Airports Corporation Limited in close corroboration with key stakeholders and agencies.
The project will benefit both the local and international aviation community flying into and through the Lusaka Information Region (IFR) through the provision of radar controlled air traffic environment.
The project involves the installation of the radar and Communication facilities at the Kenneth Kaunda and Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airports, the establishment of an Aeronautical Telecommunication Fibre Network (ATN) to interconnect the international and provincial airports. Other works include the development of air traffic control procedures including the training of technical and air traffic management personnel which will ensure continued service provision after the equipment is commissioned.
The project commenced on the 30 March 2014 and is scheduled to be completed and commissioned by August 2015.
The ZATM-RADAR equipment and systems have been procured at a tender sum of thirteen million, five hundred and thirteen thousand, five hundred and thirty six Euro (Euro 13,513,536.00).
The antenna installation at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport has already been completed. Installation of the same unit at the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International is underway while civil works on the radar head are also nearing completion. Completion for the civil works and site acceptance are due in the month of March 2015.
The Corporation has since trained sixteen maintenance engineers and eighteen air traffic controllers drawn from the Zambia Airports Corporation Limited and Civil Aviation Authority.
The ZATM – Radar project continues to make steady progress and is now halfway to completion. Thales ATM who is the supplier of the equipment currently has teams of engineers at the Kenneth Kaunda and Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International airports installing the equipment.