The airport is located 21 km South-East of the Victoria Falls Town. It is home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a World Heritage site “The Majestic Victoria Falls” locally known as Mosi-oa Tunya (the smoke that thunders). The waterfall mesmerizes with its thunderous cascading sheets of falling water spanning 1,708metres wide and 108metres high on the Zambezi River. It is at the hub of a vast pristine wildlife-rich tourism belt. Victoria Falls offers conferencing and leisure facilities, with over 50 scintillating tourist activities earning itself the title ‘Africa’s Adventure Capital’.
Besides offering access to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls International Airport is naturally located in a central position in the Southern Africa Region earning itself the title “Regional Tourism Hub”. Passengers can connect from Victoria Falls International Airport to any of the eight (8) countries in Southern Africa namely Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Angola, D.R. Congo, Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia within two hours by air. The airport occupies an area of approximately 500 hectares and started operations in 1966 as a regional airport.
The Victoria Falls is a core part of the world’s largest Trans-Frontier Conservation Area; the Kavango Zambezi Trans-Frontier Conservation Area, (KAZA-TFCA), which spans Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Angola. The KAZA TFCA is an international eco-tourism development area that straddles boundaries of the five (5) countries that share the Kavango and upper Zambezi River basins.
The airport has the capacity to handle long haul flights from around the globe following completion of the expansion project in November 2016 and boasts of:
- 4,000m long x 60m wide Runway – with capacity to accommodate wide body Aircraft – B747-400/B777/A340 or aircraft in that category.
- Parallel Taxiway.
- Category II Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL) system.
- Parking for 10 wide body aircraft, and 18 light aircraft at any given time.
- Category 7 Fire Cover.
- Fully air conditioned International and Domestic Terminal Buildings linked together by a common thoroughfare.
- Combined capacity to handle 1.5 million passengers per annum.
- 12 hours operation; 0600 – 1800 hours daily. Hours of operation may be extended upon request.