N$21m upgrades at Hosea Kutako

12 March 2020 | Transport

To date, N$21 million has been spent on a massive congestion alleviation project at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, which kicked off at the end of last October.

Namibia Airports Company (NAC) chief Bisey /Uirab on Tuesday provided an update on the project when President Hage Geingob visited the airport. !Uirab also announced that the tender for the Eros Airport runway rehabilitation project will be awarded this month. He said work will commence as soon as possible and is set for completion by the second quarter of this year. According to him, the N$21 million utilised at Hosea Kutako was through site establishment, site hoarding, relocation of existing services, demolitions, excavations, foundations, concrete work and brickwork to various sections.





The upgrade and expansion are focused on key areas such as check-in The upgrade and expansion are focused on key areas such as check-in counters, outbound baggage facilities, security checkpoints and passport control at immigration services as well as the departure hall, arrival hall and baggage reclaim.

!Uirab said 142 people are employed on the project, of which 106 are with the main contractor, Nexus Contractors. Altogether, 14 subcontractors and specialist domestic subcontractors are working on the project.

According to !Uirab, the key purpose of the project is to address the congestion challenges, security issues and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICOA) compliance at the airport.

He said the prevailing congestion for passengers and aircraft at Hosea Kutako has been caused by the increase in new airlines over the past few years.

“This has resulted in the terminal building and apron area being congested and a low level of service, which hinders safe operations. It is these facts that gave birth to this congestion alleviation project.”

!Uirab said that by the end of the project, the airport would be able comply with all standards and recommended practices of the ICAO.

This will be done through the extension of passenger terminal two, which will improve the level of service to passengers in accordance with the International Air Transport Association's “optimum” level of service.

Furthermore, by extending the airside (apron), it will be able to accommodate current and future demand, including aircraft parking stands, in compliance with ICAO standards.

“These works will also allow for separation between the international and domestic passengers once both terminal one and two are completed.”



ELLANIE SMIT

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