Getting Around

Getting Around Kitwe

The Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport is located approximately 70KM south of the Kitwe City’s Central Business District and currently offers commercial and private aircraft services to the Copperbelt province community. It handles domestic and international flights for both passengers and cargo. Numerous improvements over the years include utility systems, aircraft T-hangar storage, lighting, navigational aids, and runway and taxiway improvements. The airport has one fixed-base operator which provides fueling and aircraft maintenance services in addition to aircraft rental, charter services and pilot training classes.

THE Parliamentary Committee on Transport and Communications has approved the proposed new site for the construction of a modern international airport in Ndola.

Government, through the Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation (ZAFFICO), last year allocated 2,000 hectares of land to facilitate the shifting of Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport from its current location in Itawa due to mining activities that have accelerated in the city’s light industrial area.

Committee chairperson Kapembwa Simbao said after a tour of the site on Ndola-Mufulira Road yesterday that the location for the new airport was ideal in that it would make it easy for investors from other towns to access Ndola’s central business district.

“The site made available by ZAFFICO is alright in that it provides easy access to the town centre and we have seen that the site where the airport is currently located is no longer viable because the town is growing economically,” he said.

National Airports Corporation Limited managing director Robinson Misitala said the architectural firms being considered for the tender had begun submitting their proposed plans for the new facility.

Once completed, the new-look Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport to be constructed at a cost of US$520 million would house a number of facilities in tandem with the required international aviation standards.

The facility would have capacity to accommodate two million passengers per annum with more room for expansion.

Airport current runways: It has two parallel concrete runways, one measuring 1,219.2 metres (4,000 ft) and the other measuring 2,514.6 metres (8,250 ft) in length and provide a variety of approaches, including visual, instrument landing system (ILS), and very high frequency omnidirectional radio/distance measuring equipment (VOR/DME). Navigational aids include instrument landing system (ILS), medium intensity runway and approach lighting (MIRL and MALSR) systems, precision approach path indicator (PAPI) and visual approach slope indicator (VASI), runway end identifier lights (REILs), and an AWOS-3 system located on the airfield. In addition, the airport is also equipped with a rotating beacon, lighted wind cones, wind “T”, and segmented circle.

Bus / Transit System

Public Bus service is an easy, environmentally friendly, inexpensive way to get around Kitwe. Public transport is provided by private commercial companies to all areas of Kitwe. The current Kitwe Main Bus (KMB) terminal has become congested due to the increased numbers of buses. As a result of this challenge, Kitwe is in the process of building a new and modern inter city bus terminal at a new site in Bushi area. Public Taxi operators are available throughout the city providing riders with a safe and reliable transport service.

Biking / Walking

Approximately 60 percent of the collector and arterial roadways in Kitwe have bike lanes (18 Km) and there are 4 Km of multi-use paths. The city is determined to ensure that area residents have access to walking and cycling road lanes by paving most of the roadways. Random survey’s have indicated that about 30% of area residents regularly commuted by bicycle, and 60% by walking.

Kitwe is a community that recognises and prizes staying committed to our roads being bicycle and pedestrian-friendly contributes significantly to our residents quality of life.

Parking Options

The Kitwe Council Police Parking Enforcement’s charge of only K2.00 is to help protect public and private property, educate the community and enforce the rules for parking in the areas surrounding the Central Business District and to make parking in Kitwe a more positive experience for everyone.

Road & Other Construction Projects

Construction projects designed to enhance the community’s quality of life and to protect the City’s investment in municipal facilities are managed by the Development Planning Department. Construction projects undertaken by private parties are regulated by the Town and Country Planning Act Cap 283 whenever a building or structure is constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, or converted to another use. The Development Services Division of the Community Planning Development Department issues building permits and monitors private construction.

You can save yourself time and inconvenience by avoiding construction areas. Announcements of Public Works construction projects are published in the Government Gazette. Schedules for Public Works projects shown are based on the most current information available and are subject to change.

Always remember to drive carefully through construction zones, for the workers’ safety and your own. If you have questions about these projects or other maintenance activity in your neighborhood, please send us an email to: cityplanning@kcc.gov.zm or Call: +260 212 224698.