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Airport Overview

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 approximately 272 kilometres (169 mi), by air, north of Lusaka International Airport (the largest airport in Zambia).

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.

 

Airport Location and Contact

Country

Zambia

Province or District

Copperbelt Province

Nearest Town or City
with Distance from Airport

Ndola

0 km

Airport’s Complete Name

Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport

Latitude

S 12.998139

Longitude

E 28.664944

Elevation (ft and m)

4167 feet
1270 meters

IATA Code

NLA   

ICAO Code

FLND

Managing Company or Airport Authority

ZACL

Management Contact Person

Joseph Mumbi

Open From (hours)

04:00

Open To (hours)

18:00

Airport Picture

 

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

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/

Passenger and Cargo Performance Indicator

Performance for 2016

 

Per Year

Per MonthPer Day

Total Aircraft Movements

250  

Total Passengers

270,000  

Total Capacity of the Airport (MT)

minimal  

Current Activity of the Airport (MT)

minimal  

Current Use by Humanitarian Flights (UNHAS)

n/a  

The airport has no cargo capability at this time.

Runways

There are two parallel runways in good condition as follows:

Runway #10L/28R

Runway Dimensions

8250 x 150 feet
2515 x 46 meters

Orientation

 

Surface

CONCRETE

Runway #10R/28L

Runway Dimensions

4000 x 75 feet
1219 x 23 meters

Orientation

 

Surface

ASPHALT

 

Helicopter Pad(s)

 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.

Airport Infrastructure Details

 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/

 

Customs

Yes

JET A-1 fuel

Yes

Immigration

Yes

AVGAS 100

Yes

Terminal Building

Yes

Single Point Refueling

Yes - bowsers

Passenger Terminal

Yes

Air Starter Units

Yes

Cargo terminal

Yes

Ground Power (mobile)

Yes

Pax Transport to Airfield

Yes one bus

Ground Handling Services

Yes

Control Tower

Yes

Latrine Servicing

Yes

Weather Facilities

Yes

Fire Fighting Category (ICAO)

Yes Cat 7

Catering Services

Yes

De-icing Equipment

No

Base Operating Room

Yes- designated space

Parking Ramp Lighting

Yes

Airport Radar

No

Approach & Runway Lights

Yes

NDB

Yes

VOR

Yes

ILS

No

 

Yes

Airport Operating Details

Operating Details

Maximum Sized Aircraft that can be Offloaded on Bulk Cargo

n/a

Maximum Sized Aircraft that can be Offloaded on Pallet

n/a

Total Aircraft Parking Area (m²)

6 parking bays

Storage Area (m3 and MT)

1 small hanger leased

Handling Equipment

Elevators / Hi Loaders

No

Max Capacity (MT)

 

Max Height (m)

 

Loading Ramps

Yes

Other Comments

 

Customs Guidance

 

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

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.