A new era for Zimbabwe? $150 million airport opens at Victoria Falls; Gavin Gaines; Telegraph

Zimbabwe – Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls

Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is a force of nature – a force so strong people cross continents to witness it.

For many years visiting this Unesco World Heritage Site has not been particularly straightforward, thanks largely to the region’s creaking infrastructure. But that is set to change with the opening of Victoria Falls International Airport.

Unveiled last week, the US$150 million airport is capable of handling around 1.5 million passengers annually and its smooth new runway can accommodate some of the world’s largest jets – raising the prospect of new direct international flights to Victoria Falls.

Opening the airport on Friday – amid accusations that his security personnel had abducted six anti-government activists – was Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe.

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