Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport (BUQ) Bulawayo is a public airport located 13 miles north of Bulawayo, which is the second largest city in Zimbabwe. Formerly known as Bulawayo Airport, it was renamed in honor of the founder and leader of Zimbabwe African People’s Union.
The relatively small yet modern airport dates back to the late 1950s. It acts as the main air gateway to UNESCO World Heritage Sites Khami Ruins and Matobo Hills. The airport welcomes visitors looking forward to days filled with wildlife watching of zebras, rhinos and wildebeests. It has two runways, and features basic facilities such as toilets and payphones.
There is currently no known hotel within 3 miles of the airport, with all accommodations located in Bulawayo. Some of the hotels offer free airport pick-up for their guests.
Direct flights to Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport (BUQ) Bulawayo are served by three airlines: Air Zimbabwe, SA Airlink and South African Airways. Air Zimbabwe flies between Bulawayo and Harare, Johannesburg and Victoria Falls, while South African Airways and SA Airlink only have flights to-and-from Johannesburg. The earliest flight that arrives in Bulawayo is from Harare, which lands at 7:00am.
The airport tends to get busy during Zimbabwe’s winter season, which runs from the months of May to July, since the weather is cooler.