Solwezi airport runway is expanding to allow more and bigger planes such as the 737s, which should enhance freight and general travel. The runway will be longer from 1.3km to around 2.7km. It has also been widened from 20m to 36m. The airport investment is being funded wholly by First Quantum Minerals (FQM) to the tune of US$8m. And to protect its investment FQM has started fencing off the perimeter of the entire airport area. Given the wider investments taking place in the area, it should not come as surprise if this becomes the first properly owned private international airport in the future. 5 – 10 years from now, if not sooner! Much depends on demand and the extent to which it would justify investment in associated road and terminal infrastructure. But FQM has the money!