RGM Airport Expansion On Course

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RGM Airport Expansion On Course Transport Minister Felix Mhona commissions AGS ground handling equipment at RGM International Airport yesterday


Talent Gore

REHABILITATION and expansion of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport is in line with the Government’s target to finish by the end of this year, a Cabinet Minister has said.

Speaking at the commissioning of Aviation Ground Services’s handling equipment, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister, Felix Mhona, said the Government was happy with the development at the RGM International Airport.

“In terms of progress at RGM International Airport, we are in sync in terms of the target that we had set for ourselves,” Minister Mhona said.

“We had targeted that by mid-year, we would have done the arrivals and now we are busy doing the tiling, the painting inside the building and ready to commission soon.

“Regardless of the advent of Covid-19, which actually delayed us, we are on course on what we have to achieve by the end of the year.”

Minister Mhona assured the nation that all the structural work will be done by the end of the year.

“I can assure the people of Zimbabwe that come the end of the year we will be done with all the structural work.

“We will be done with the inside, what will be remaining is the type of equipment that we are going to be using and, as it stands, we are in the process of procuring the necessary equipment needed” he said.

Minister Mhona said within the next month, they will be constructing the VVIP Pavilion at RGM International Airport.

“I’m sure in the near future, just a month or so, we are starting on a VVIP Pavilion that will be housing our very VVIP guests, the President and his entourage,” he said.

Turning to the newly-commissioned equipment, Minister Mhona hailed the Aviation Ground Service (AGS) for embarking on the modernisation of the ground handling equipment.

“The equipment, which includes X-ray machines, loaders and transporters, will go a long way in ensuring efficient and reliable ground support at RGM International Airport and overall convenience to travellers,” he said. It is common knowledge that efficient and reliable ground support equipment is key in ensuring smooth turnarounds and on-time departures thus avoiding delays, costs and inconvenience for passengers.

“This development by AGS will, therefore, ensure that on-time performance of the airlines they serve will increase.

“As most of you may be aware, the ground handling industry has been growing globally, with an immense portion of global handling operations now being carried out by non-airline handlers, this percentage will undoubtedly continue to grow as more airlines see the financial benefits of outsourcing.”

 Minister Mhona saluted President Mnangagwa for the wavering support to the Transport Ministry.

“The support of his Excellency has been positive and a substantial measure in striving towards achieving Vision 2030 as per the dictates of the National Development Strategy 1.

“We are all aware of his passion for infrastructural development and have witnessed this through the various projects being undertaken under his leadership.”

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