OVER 4000 jobs will be created with the upgrade and completion of the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

Addressing the media during the PF Interactive Forum, Transport Minister Brian Mushimba disclosed that a total of 800 direct jobs will be created in facility management and operations such as shopping mall, goods handling, hotel services, cargo and and in-flight cargo.

He added that over 3000 indirect jobs for cargo handlers, clearing agents, security, commercial shops, farmers and transporters will be created.

Mr Mushimba announced that the jobs will be skewed towards local citizens.

He said at least 1000 jobs will be created for technicians and general workers who have already been part of the project at the construction stage.

The Kankoyo lawmaker further disclosed that only 220 expatriates from China have been attached to the projects whilst most of jobs have been given to local citizens.

He added that through Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) Local Engineers have also been employed and attached to the project to facilitate skills transfer.

He noted that more jobs will be created once the New Copperbelt and Mfuwe international Airport commence.

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