PRESS RELEASE - ZACL EMABARKS ON LAND UTILISATION PROJECT
Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) is looking to strengthen its nonaeronautical revenue generating projects at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. This is part of the Corporations Strategic Plan for the year 2017 – 2021 which will see it turn the area around the airport into an Aerotropolis or airport city.
A land utilisation plan is currently being developed through the services of a Dutch based consultancy firm, Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) who submitted a finalised plan for 550 acres of land at the airport in Lusaka.
NACO has worked on various airport and airport city projects, including Amsterdam, Shenzhen, Mexico City and Western Sydney and has a proven track record to support ZACL’s ambitious airport infrastructure programme.
The land already has developments underway including a shopping mall, an office park and two hotels however ZACL expects the Land Utilisation Plan to present the Corporation with numerous business opportunities that can be explored once completed. The Cargo Terminal will also provide an opportunity for the revival of agriculture and horticulture exports among other industries. Consequently, NACO’s work has been varied to cover all the available land within the airports precinct.
The Aerotropolis concept has an airport as the centre of the city activity, with all ancillary city functions revolving around the airport itself - both figuratively and geographically. With airports becoming ‘cities’, the importance of generating nonaeronautical revenue streams will continue to have a major impact on the developments in the aviation sector and contribute to the positioning of the airports competiveness.
Once developed, the airport city will contribute towards the development of the country’s existing industries as drivers of growth. It will also bring about new opportunities and better the lives of locals by creating more investment, business and job opportunities.
Lusaka is believed to be the fastest growing city in central Africa, according to the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and Zambia as a country has one of the world’s fastest growing populations with the UN predicting numbers will triple by the year 2050. This gives ZACL an added advantage of realising its vision of making Zambia an aviation hub as we are centrally located and continue to attract foreign investors.
About Zambia Airports Corporation Limited
Zambia Airports Corporation Limited was established in 1989 through the amendment of the Aviation Act, Chapter 444 of the Laws of Zambia which has been repealed and replaced by the Aviation Act No. 5 of 2016. It is also incorporated under the Companies Act Chapter 388 of the Laws of Zambia.
The Corporation’s mandate is to develop, maintain and manage the four designated international airports, namely Kenneth Kaunda in Lusaka, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe in Ndola, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula in Livingstone and Mfuwe and three Strategic and seven provincial aerodromes and the provision of Air Navigation services within the Zambian Airspace.
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