November 5, 2015
On November 4, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Republic of Malawi to provide grant aid of up to 3.675 billion yen for the Project for Expansion of the Terminal Building at Kamuzu International Airport.
This project will expand and improve the passenger terminals and make other improvements at Kamuzu International Airport, which is located in the capital and is the largest international airport in Malawi, as well as providing air safety equipment. These measures will increase the capacity of the airport to handle passengers with more convenience for users, and ensure the safety of aircraft operation, thereby promoting domestic and international travel.
Built with Japanese ODA loans in 1978 and 1980, Kamuzu International Airport has seen a rapid increase in the number of travelers from approximately 110,000 per year in 2003 to 210,000 in 2013, and the number is expected to exceed 300,000 by 2025. However, the concentration of aircraft landings and departures at peak use times is causing congestion at the airport’s passenger terminals. In addition, a new aircraft monitoring system is required to ensure the safety of aircraft operation.
It is estimated that this project will increase the airport capacity for passengers from the current 215,000 to 306,000, which is expected to greatly shorten the average waiting time at the check-in and immigration counters during peak use times. In addition, since the safety network provided by the aircraft monitoring system will cover all aircraft, flight safety and reliability at the airport will be improved. It is believed that these improvements will also promote industry, and improve tourism and the investment environment. To complement this project, JICA is providing technical cooperation to develop human resources involved with navigational control.
Artist's rendering of the international arrival wing