Africa: Zimbabwe Targets 6.5m passengers per year with $153m airport upgrade, renames it after Mugabe
Zimbabwe is hoping to attract about 6.5 million air travellers to its airport yearly with the injection of $153 million to upgrade facilities at the airport.
The airport formerly known as Harare International Airport, has now being renamed after the country’s President Robert Mugabe.
With the upgrade of facilities the airport is expected to double its present passenger capacity of 2,5 million per year.
According to reuters.com, state-owned Herald newspaper reported that China Export and Import Bank will provide a $153 million loan that will, among other things, be used to expand the runway to allow multiple planes to land at the same time.
Accepting the honor, Mugabe said renaming the airport was “a great gesture” to him and his family.
In the last few months, Mugabe’s vocal ruling ZANU-PF youth wing has been pushing the government to honor Mugabe by giving public institutions his name.
The government has said from next year the veteran ruler’s Feb. 21 birthday will be known as Robert Mugabe National Youth Day, a public holiday.