New Airport Terminal to Open in Botswana

11 May 2010 (Last Updated May 11th, 2010 18:30)

The new terminal at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Botswana is expected to be completed this month and will open ahead of the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup. The BWP400m ($57m) terminal will serve as an international gateway into the rest of the Southern African Development C

The new terminal at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Botswana is expected to be completed this month and will open ahead of the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The BWP400m ($57m) terminal will serve as an international gateway into the rest of the Southern African Development Community region.

Sir Seretse Khama's expansion project has taken 23 months to complete and is being delivered by Chinese firm Sino Hydro while NACO-SSI served as project consultants, according to Mmegionline.com.

Phase one of the expansion involved the construction of the new terminal, aircraft apron and the extensions to the main car park.

Phase two involved the construction of a new terminal building and a new separate terminal, which included car parks and aircraft parking aprons.

The expansion also involved the extension of the concrete runway to 4km, the construction of a new parallel asphalt taxiway and 33 additional hangar plots.

The airport will be able to handle up to 870 passengers per hour once the new terminal opens.

It will also enable the airport to accommodate large bodied aircraft and to handle peak volume arrivals per hour.