Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport

Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport (IATA: NLA, ICAO: FLSK) is an airport located in Copperbelt Province in northern Zambia, in the city of Ndola, near the international border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was officially known as Ndola Airport before being renamed in 2011 in honour of Simon Kapwepwe, the nation's former vice president.

Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe
International Airport
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Airport typePublic
OwnerNation city capital at Zambia
LocationNdola, Zambia
Elevation AMSL4,170 ft / 1,271 m
Coordinates12°59′50″S 28°39′50″E / 12.99722°S 28.66389°E / -12.99722; 28.66389
NLA is located in Zambia
Location of Ndola Airport in Zambia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10L/28R 2,515 8,251 Concrete
10R/28L 1,214 3,983 Concrete

It lies approximately 272 kilometres (169 mi), by air, north of Lusaka International Airport, the largest airport in Zambia.[1]

It is situated 4,170 feet (1,270 m) above sea level.[2] It has two parallel concrete runways, one measuring 1,214 metres (3,983 ft) and the other measuring 2,515 metres (8,251 ft) in length.

The Ndola non-directional beacon (Ident: NW) is located 4.6 nautical miles (8.5 km) west of the airport. The Ndola VOR-DME (Ident: VND) is located on the field.[3][4]


Ndola Airport is an airport that serves the city of Ndola and surrounding cities on the copperbelt. It handles domestic and international flights for both passengers and cargo.

On 18 September 1961, a UN charter flight carrying United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld crashed en route to land at Ndola Airport. Hammarskjöld and 15 others died in the crash. Although the cause of the crash has never been completely ascertained, it may have been caused by an aircraft attack.[5] The crash site, 15 km west of the airport, has been turned into the Dag Hammarskjöld Crash Site Memorial.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

The following airlines have scheduled passenger service at Ndola International airport:

Airlink Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Mahogany Air Lusaka
Proflight Zambia Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo,[6] Lusaka, Solwezi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Distance between Ndola () (Airport) and Lusaka (Lusaka) (Zambia)". Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  2. ^ "Information about Ndola Airport - World airport database". Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  3. ^ "Ndola NDB (NW) @ OurAirports". Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  4. ^ "Ndola VOR-DME (VND) @ OurAirports". Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  5. ^ Borger, Julian (26 September 2017). "Plane crash that killed UN boss 'may have been caused by aircraft attack'". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
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