NAC gets interim airport licences

27 November 2020 | Transport

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) has received interim airport operating licences for all eight airports from the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

“The NCAA will continue to review the submissions by the NAC before issuing airport operating licences, which are valid for up to two years,” the NAC said in a press statement.

Hosea Kutako International Airport and Walvis Bay International Airport have been issued interim aerodrome certificates valid for 18 months, until 5 May 2022.

Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo Airport at Ondangwa was also issued with an interim aerodrome licence for the same period. The NAC said the previously unlicensed Eros aerodrome, and the four regional airports of Rundu, Katima Mulilo, Lüderitz and Keetmanshoop, have all been issued interim aerodrome licences valid for 24 months, until 5 November 2022.



Requirements

According to the company, the new licensing requirements for each airport included emergency management systems, maintenance programmes and runway safety programmes.

The requirements further included quality assurance and safety management systems, organisational capabilities, staffing and training, aerodrome layouts and engineering plans, financial statements in good order, airport firefighting capabilities and environmental clearance.



New categories

NAC said the new regulations have the following new categories for its airports: Category A – certified airports with International capabilities, which are Hosea Kutako International Airport (FYWH) and Walvis Bay International Airport (FYWB); and Category C – licensed airports handling aircraft up to 60 000 kilograms. These are Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo Airport (FYOA), Eros Airport (FYWE), Rundu Airport (FYRU), Katima Mulilo Airport (FYKM), Keetmanshoop Airport (FYKT) and Lüderitz Airport (FYLZ).

“As we strive for safe, secure and environmentally sustainable airports, ensuring compliance with our Civil Aviation Regulatory Framework, develop our infrastructure to meet the new requirements, transform our organisational culture and enhance our stakeholder relations, this is a significant achievement,” said NAC CEO Bisey /Uirab.

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