Located 7 miles from the city of Harare is the Harare International Airport, which is one of the well known airports in the African continent. Every week, over and above 300 flights depart from this airport to several international destinations.
Once it was decided that Zimbabwe’s original aerodrome could no longer fulfill its needs, the new airport was commissioned in 1956 and built within the next year, costing over £900,000. Run by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe and services both civilians and the Air Force, which has a base on the southern side of the runway. The current efforts of Harare International Airport to refurbish its runway will end up in it becoming the longest in Africa.
In the early nineties, Harare International Airport served many major airlines even when several airlines said no to fly to Republic of South Africa citing some political reasons. Irrespective of all the tension, the airport operated flights non-stop to Australia, UK and many other popular European destinations as well.
Airlines Serving Airport:
More than 15 airlines operate out of this airport. Listed below are some of the airlines that operate scheduled and nonstop flights( to ten cities) to destinations all over the world.
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Kenya Airways
- Air Botswana
- Air Namibia
- Airlink Johannesburg-OR Tambo
- Air Zimbabwe
- Egypt Air
- South African Airways
- South African Express
- TAAG Angola Airlines
- LAM Mozambique Airlines
- British Airways
The Harare International Airport handles both passenger and cargo transportation. It also provides docking and refueling service for airplanes. Shuttles are available to help navigate the structure. Short and long-term parking is also provided in case you have to drive yourself to the airport. Harare also has its own Fire and rescue services.
Wireless internet, a post office, medical and pharmacies are offered in Harare. There are money changers and banks if you need to change your currency. During stops, travelers can make use of the shops, restaurants and a smoking lounge.
A 24/7 shuttle service makes it very convenient to get around the Harare International Airport and offers both simple transportation to and from the airport and tour services.