Bongani Ndlovu, columnist
THE government is in the process of refurbishing equipment at airports across the country and the exercise at Victoria Falls International Airport has already been completed.
In an interview with Zimpapers Television Network, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development Felix Mhona said work is underway at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport and others.
The country needs around $ 15 million to re-equip air traffic surveillance and communication systems to improve the safety and efficiency of aircraft movement.
âWhat we have is obsolete equipment that we are refurbishing.
There is currently a contractor at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport; and in Victoria Falls we have completed the installation of state of the art aircraft surveillance equipment and that is precisely what we are doing and in the first quarter you will see the new equipment installed, âsaid the Minister Mhona.
He rejected reports that planes land and leave the country undetected due to outdated radar equipment.
Minister Mhona said there was no way a plane could pass through Zimbabwean airspace or land and take off unnoticed.
âPeople say there are no airspace management tools to watch and planes are flying around the country willy-nilly.
Let me assure you that if you have one of your planes give it a try and see if we don’t catch you, âMinister Mhona said. – @bonganinkunzi