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Victoria Falls International Airport now ready to welcome the world

Victoria Falls International Airport

Africa Albida Tourism, leading hospitality group, pleased to announce opening of long-anticipated airport set to expand Zimbabwe tourism

BLeading Zimbabwean hospitality group, Africa Albida Tourism (AAT), is delighted to announce the opening of the new $150 million Victoria Falls International Airport, which is set to usher in a new era of tourism to the region. The airport, which now has the capacity to handle 1.5 million passengers per annum, tripling its previous volume, and is capable of landing some of the world’s largest aircraft, was officially opened on 18th November 2016 by His Excellency, President Robert Mugabe.

AAT Chief Executive, Ross Kennedy, said: “The positive impact of the new Victoria Falls International Airport will be very significant and should take the destination and region to a new level in terms of arrivals. The socio-economic benefits will be widespread as increased and new access drives the tourism sector’s growth with arrivals from additional source markets,” Mr Kennedy said.

Interest in the new Victoria Falls International Airport at the World Travel Market in London was high. Mr Kennedy said: “I met with many tour operators, media and airlines at the show, and I can confirm that the interest is very high and that the travel industry is excited by the opening of the new Victoria Falls International Airport. Zimbabwe remains a "hot destination " on the schedules of many tour operators across the globe.”

The development in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe’s leading resort town, which included the construction of a new international terminal building and the rehabilitation of the existing one into a domestic terminal, has been fully operational since September this year.  

AAT currently boasts a portfolio of five-star properties including Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls Safari Suites, and the famed restaurant The Boma – Dinner and Drum Show. It will now be easier than ever for guests to travel to this wonder of the world destination and stay in five-star accommodation. AAT’s luxury safari lodge in Chobe, Botswana, Ngoma Safari Lodge, is only a short two hour drive from the airport over the border, making it comfortable and convenient for guests to make the most of both destinations when staying with AAT. The Long Weekend Safari package, offered by AAT, incorporates these properties in both Victoria Falls and Botswana, and is the ideal option for time-poor travellers when using the brand new Victoria Falls International Airport.  

The airport features a 4km runway, a state of the art control tower, which is one of the most advanced in Africa, and a fire station, equipped to respond to fire and medical emergencies.  Facilities at the international terminal include 14 check-in counters, nine boarding gates, three baggage carousels, a dozen shops, two restaurants, 28 aircraft parking bays and parking facilities for 400 vehicles. The domestic terminal features six check-in counters, two passenger security screening facilities, one restaurant and three coffee shops, eight other shops and a business class lounge.  The airport, funded by a China Exim Bank loan to the Zimbabwean Government, was constructed by China Jiangsu International Group.  

The Victoria Falls International Airport has been long awaited by airlines, hotel operators, and tourists alike, and with AAT’s ongoing support and pioneering work, this exciting opening is now set to boost tourism for the whole of Southern Africa.  

The Long Weekend Safari package is priced from US$1,600 per person sharing in the 2016 Green Season, staying in Victoria Falls Safari Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis for one night, and on full board basis with activities at Ngoma Safari Lodge for two nights. Price includes a sunset cruise on the Zambezi Explorer's signature deck, dinner at The Boma - Place of Eating, a guided tour of Victoria Falls (excludes National Park fees) and all road transfers.

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