By Memory Chamisa
The Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport Expansion Project is progressing well, with airside shuttle buses being commissioned this Thursday in anticipation of increased volume of human traffic.
The buses come in as the airport is poised to be a world class facility after the construction and roofing of the super structure, installation of passenger facilitation equipment and aero bridges.
“The last shuttle buses were operational in 2006 and these coming now as we expand the airport is very significant. They will definitely improve service delivery as they will transport passengers to and from airplanes. These airside buses will also ensure that there are no delays at the immigration desk for both arrivals and departures. More passenger facilitation equipment will become coming in soon,” Airports Company of Zimbabwe chief executive officer, Mr Tawanda Gusha said.
The airside buses were commissioned by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Honourable Felix Mhona.
“The Second Republic through the visionary leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa is on a trajectory of ensuring the airport becomes a world class one. And for it to achieve that we embarked on the expansion project and the coming in of these buses will ensure that is achieved. I urge ACZ to maintain the momentum and continue growing the fleet and facilities that will rope in traffic. People must celebrate the milestones covered as we continue to build our country brick by brick, as espoused by President Mnangagwa’s statement, Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo [the nation is built by its people],” he said.
The airside buses are set to add to four new bridges, a secondary radar system, a VVIP pavilion, among other new developments at the airport.
Once complete, the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport is expected to have a handling capacity of six million passengers per annum, up from the current two point five million passengers.