NAC closes most airports

31 March 2020 | Business

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



While several regional airports in Namibia have been closed, Hosea Kutako International Airport will remain open as a diversion airport for overflight operations.

The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) has reorganised the operations of its airports during the period 27 March to 16 April following the announcement of the coronavirus state of emergency. According to the NAC, Hosea Kutako International Airport is designated as a diversion airport for overflight operations. “Henceforth, the airport shall remain open and will have a full team of airport rescue and firefighting services in place.”

Furthermore, skeleton teams will be maintained at the airports in key areas of security and electricity.

According to the NAC, Windhoek's Eros Airport will also remain open to cater for cargo flights and any emergency operations. The operational hours of the airport will be reduced to 08:00 and 17:00.

Eros Airport will also have a full airport rescue and firefighting team in place, whereas staff in other areas of operation will be on standby to render services as required. The Walvis Bay International Airport, Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, Rundu, Katima Mulilo, Lüderitz and Keetmanshoop airports will be closed during this period. The airport rescue and firefighting services for these airports will remain on standby to attend to any emergency flights.

The NAC said these measures are important to contribute to the national response to abate the further spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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