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Zimbabwe’s Airports Get Passing Grade From ISO

Zimbabwe’s airports will be allowed to continue handling international flights. That announcement was made Friday by the head of Zimbabwe’s Meteorological Department, who said the nation’s airports meet standards spelled out by the International Standards Organization (ISO).

Speaking at a Harare hotel during a meeting to discuss the rain outlook, Meteorological Department Director Amos Makarau announced that the International Civil Aviation Organization has given the nation’s airports a passing grade, per ISO standards. This ISO certification is meant to assure other countries that Zimbabwe’s airports adhere to internationally recognized civil aviation best practices.

Makarau said Zimbabwe as a country has complied with the ISO certification requirements, meaning that the country’s airports are up to international standards.

Mr. Makarau said the Meteorological Service, along with several other government offices, has been involved in strategic planning to restore the aviation sector since 2005.

The role of the Meteorological Department in the aviation sector is to provide accurate weather forecasts to pilots, particularly during landing and takeoff.

He acknowledged that the certification is not yet complete, but said the ISO process has been carried out and officials have been assured that Zimbabwe will be recommended for certification.

Makarau said certification means the country’s international airports now meet international standards in terms of equipment and weather forecast capability. Other, smaller airports, like Charles Prince, Buffalo Range and Kariba, are getting final touches.
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The International Civil Aviation Organization is mandated the world over to standardize aviation sector services and airlines. The goal for airports globally was to obtain ISO certification by November 2012. Failure for an airport or a nation’s aviation system to meet the deadline or the ISO standards means no more international flights into or out of the deficient airport.

The International Organization for Standardization was founded in 1946 to promote the development of international standards and related activities and to facilitate the exchange of goods and services worldwide. ISO is composed of member bodies from over 110 countries.