Solwezi Airport To Gobble 117 Billion Kwacha

First Quantum in conjunction with the Ministry of Works, Supply and Communication is spearheading a 117 Billion Kwacha upgrade of Solwezi Airport in North Western Province.antumtTT

The upgrade will allow the airport to handle bigger aircraft like Boeing 737s, a development expected to further fuel the growth of diversified industries such as agriculture and tourism away from mining.

General Kingsley Chinkuli, First Quantum Minerals Country Manager says the upgraded airport is expected to be a major trigger-point for accelerated economic growth for North Western Province and the rest of Zambia.

He was speaking when the Minister of Works, Supply and Transport, Yamfwa Mukanga inspected the progress of the airport upgrade.

The airport up grade works are expected to be completed by May 2012.

Rob Scott, First Quantum Roads Division Operations Manager, disclosed that the new look Solwezi Airport will have a 2,700 metre runway, and that the upgrade exercise was progressing well.

The upgrade of Solwezi Airport is among the flagship projects First Quantum is undertaking in improving infrastructure in North Western Province and other parts of Zambia.

They include the improvements of the Chingola/Solwezi road which is the main access to North Western Province.

In addition, First Quantum is undertaking a five-year programme to revamp Solwezi General Hospital to the tune of K11 billion.