NAC to announce airport tender soon

07 August 2019 | Transport

The successful bidder for the expansion of Hosea Kutako International Airport is expected to be announced next week, Namibian Sun has learned from a reliable source.

It is not yet clear how the Namibia Airports Company intends to finance the project, or what it would cost.

“The plans for the expansion of the airport have been approved by the special cabinet committee. The appointment of a contractor for the construction of the airport should be announced this month,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous.

According to the source, the top brass of the NAC is rushing to finalise the issuance of the tender to the successful contractor. “Timelines are timelines,” the source said.

“We should have an idea of who the contractor will be this month,” the source indicated.

A total of N$245 million has been earmarked for the airport's planned upgrade. The NAC is expected to fund N$95 million of this amount.

The project will include a revamp of the check-in and departure halls, security screening point, arrivals hall and the luggage handling areas. Installation of a CCTV and intrusion detection system at the airport has started already.

The project will have minimal effect on the current airport operations, which will continue as usual.

The old terminal, known as Terminal One, currently only used for VIP arrivals and departures, will also form part of the project. The plan is to have a dedicated terminal for international departures and arrivals, and another one for domestic departures and arrivals.

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