Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport is situated in the Copperbelt Province in northern Zambia, in the city of Ndola, near the international border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was officially known as Ndola Airport before being renamed in 2011 in honour of Simon Kapwepwe, the nation's former Vice President.
It is situated 1,270 metres (4,170 ft) above sea level. It has two parallel runways, one of concrete, measuring 2515 metres (8250 ft) and the other of asphalt, measuring 1219 metres (4000 ft) in length.
Flying doctor service operates from the airport utilizing a hanger and an apron area. FAO and IFAD have an International Red Locust Control operation that works from the airport as well.
A new airport is under construction in Ndola to the northwest of the city and is expected to be completed and operational by 2020.
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|Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport|
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Key companies operating in the airport include cargo/baggage handling, fuel, and airline services. No significant cargo movements come through this airport. Primarily all cargo is baggage handling and the assorted equipment to support that activity. The service is contracted out to a private company. Each airline has its own cargo handling crews.
For more information on airport contacts, please see the following link: 4.5 Zambia Airport Companies Contact List
Information on some aviation service providers can be found at: http://www.azfreight.com/
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The airport has no cargo capability at this time.
There are two parallel runways in good condition as follows:
8250 x 150 feet
4000 x 75 feet
There is no o dedicated helicopter pads. A ramp space could be used and helicopters of any size could be accommodated. This would impact parking of aircraft and those should be carefully coordinated.
The construction of a new airport, expecting to move over 1 million passengers per year, has started and https://www.lusakatimes.com/2017/03/15/construction-copperbelt-international-airport-begins/
JET A-1 fuel
Single Point Refueling
|Yes - bowsers|
Air Starter Units
Ground Power (mobile)
Pax Transport to Airfield
|Yes one bus|
Ground Handling Services
Fire Fighting Category (ICAO)
|Yes Cat 7|
Base Operating Room
|Yes- designated space|
Parking Ramp Lighting
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|6 parking bays|
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|1 small hanger leased|
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Customs activities are related to only to passenger services and minor small cargoes. Customs are operated by the ZRA.
For more information on customs in Zambia, please see the following link: 1.3 Zambia Customs Information.
Security is provided by perimeter fencing and the presence of Zambian Police – Airport Division responsible for the protection of the Airport Infrastructure. The Airport operating company ZACL has its own security personal for inside the terminal building.