23 Jul 2016 14:40pm
WALVIS BAY, 23 JUL (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob on Friday inaugurated the new N.dollars 100 million terminal building at the Walvis Bay Airport.
Geingob said the terminal building puts the Walvis Bay Airport on course to become Namibias second international airport, adding that the improved cargo handling capacity is highly beneficial for industries, particularly the fishing and mining industries.
Namibia can now boast of having another facility which meets the international bench-marks of functional efficiency and operational safety for airports. This highlights the indisputable fact that Namibia is a nation on the march towards prosperity. A nation that is able to build world-class infrastructure is a nation on the march, said the President.
He further said governments prioritisation of transport infrastructure is evidenced in major investments in the expansion, upgrade and construction of aviation, rail, road and port infrastructure.
Geingob said this new facility is a shot in the arm for Namibias economy as it will boost efficiency and speed in the movement of passengers and cargo.
As Namibians, we have always prided ourselves on the quality of our infrastructure. This is corroborated by global rating agencies which have positively rated Namibias infrastructural development. In the 2015 Africa Competitiveness Report, Namibia was ranked the fifth best country in Africa in terms of infrastructure.
The Head of State said without continual growth and progress, words such as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
He said continual growth is needed for the country to retain and improve its positive developmental ratings.
The Board Chairperson of the Namibia Airports Company (NAC), Ndeuhala Lewis told Geingob the building is designed to accommodate 200 passengers an hour and one million passengers a year.
She said new daily flights are expected to boost passenger movement beyond the 100 000 passengers recorded last year.
Complimentary to the building, there is also a N.dollars 250 million runway and a modern fire station which was completed in 2011 at a cost of N.dollars 10 million, Lewis said.
She noted that the airport now also provides increased commercial opportunities which attracted international businesses such as Mugg and Bean and car rental companies.
The Board took a deliberate decision to modernise all our key airports in order to make Namibia an aviation hub in future, said the chairperson.
She said airports such as that at Keetmanshoop, Rundu and Katima Mulilo will be upgraded to international standards soon.