Hwange National Park Airport started operations in
1971 after completion of the construction, which started in 1969 and has been
open to public use as a gateway into the Hwange National Park since then. It is
located literally at the entrance to the renowned Hwange National Park Game
Reserve, which is home to the Big Five, 7.5km off the 265 km peg of the
Bulawayo-Victoria Falls main road along the road to Hwange Main Camp. The
airport is 75 km away from Hwange Town and 190km from Victoria Falls. It is
situated some 8 kilometres from the Bulawayo – Victoria Falls Highway and some
60 kilometres from Hwange Colliery.
The airport is a domestic airport with a runway, which
is 4 600 meters long (the second longest runway in Zimbabwe) and 30 meters
wide. The largest aircraft that can land on this runway is an Airbus A320,
which has a capacity of up to 150 passengers depending on the sitting
configuration. The Boeing 737, which can carry up to 110 passengers, can also
land on this runway. The terminal has a passenger capacity of up to 110
passengers one way per hour at peak.
The airport is well secured and has Air Traffic Control
service as well as Fire Fighting and Rescue services. It is surrounded by a
number of lodges notably Hwange Safari Lodge, which is 3,5km away from the
airport, and Ganda Lodge, which is 6 km away from the airport.