Francistown Airport is a public airport located near Francistown City in the landlocked southern African country of Botswana. Situated at 3,283 feet above mean sea level, this airport is owned and operated by the Civil Government Authority of Botswana. Francistown happens to be the second largest city in the country, which is primarily a mining and agricultural oriented region firmly engraved on the main air-map and road transport routes of Botswana.
At a distance of about 400 kilometers to the north-northeast of the capital city of Gaborone, it is an important border-town located at a distance of about 90 kilometers from the border with Zimbabwe. This site is at the centre of southern Africa’s first gold rush, and the town is still surrounded by old and abandoned mines. The Francistown airport is presently undergoing an up-gradation plan so as to improve upon the existing facilities available here. Two new runways are being added to the already existing two runways measuring 7,218 feet and 4,147 feet. With additional check-in counters, duty free shops, and a host of other value added services are to be amalgamated with the existing provisions in order to boost passenger convenience.
Expected to be completed in three phases, these plans are estimated to cost over P500 million and which also includes a new airport to be built for Francistown City. This airport is barely 2 kilometers from Francistown city centre, private taxis and car rental options are available for passengers requiring local transportation facilities. Many hotels in and around Francistown are also providing complimentary shuttle services between the Francistown Airport and hotel destinations.