Visitors flying into Mfuwe International Airport from 13 June 2024 will notice significant construction work as the Zambia Airports Corporation LTD (ZACL) begins upgrades and improvements. The ZACL expects infrastructure work to continue for around three months over dry season.

The main issues being tackled are:

  • Pavement works for the runway, taxiway and apron
  • Replacement of the obsolete ground lighting system
  • Reconstruction of the inner perimeter fence
  • Extension of the terminal building

This work will enhance safety, efficiency, operational reliability and the ability to accommodate higher passenger numbers coming to South Luangwa.

After initial plans by the ZACL to close Mfuwe International during the project, Transport and Logistics Minister Frank Tayali mandated that the airport should remain open so as not to hamper peak tourism season.

If all goes to plan, the construction will be complete by September 2024 in time for the start of the summer rains in around November.

PHOTO CREDIT Angela Aschmann