Cape Town - The upgraded terminal building at Botswana's Kasane International Airport is officially open.
The recently completed airport terminal building was inaugurated by Botswan President Seretse Khama Ian Khama on Thursday, 22 February.
According to the head of Public Affairs and Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana, Modipe Chris Nkwe, the upgrading of the airport terminal is part of Botswana’s goal to turn Kasane into a regionally competitive tourist hub.
Upgrades included the construction of a new terminal building and an air traffic control tower.
Air connectivity has for years been perceived as the weak link in the tourism value chain by the government, which the refreshed terminal will now address.
As the gateway to the famous Chobe National Park, the new terminal is expected to cater to the future growth of the airport and boosts its capacity for more frequent international flights.
The terminal building now measures 7 800 square meters, compared to 1 300 square meters of the original terminal building built in 1991. It is envisioned that it will accommodate about 673 000 passengers per year by 2030.
Other improvements include the extension of the runway and associated movement areas, refurbishment of the old terminal building and other buildings, provision of airfield ground lighting, provision of the structural electrified fence and airport WiFi connection provided by Botswana Investment and Trade Centre in collaboration with local providers Botswana Fibre Networks and MetroTech.
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