Eros Airport operates below its potential: Lewis

28 Jul 2016 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JUL (NAMPA) – The Eros Airport is operating below its potential due to capacity constraints, Namibia Airports Company (NAC) Board Chairperson Ndeuhala Lewis has said.
She raised the concern during the inauguration of a new fire station valued at N.dollars 15 million at the airport on Thursday.
“NAC has identified the airport as one of its strategic airports earmarked for development in order to boost revenue. As such, our focus to develop this airport further is on course to have a completely revamped airport by 2018.
“This unveiling of the fire station is the first step in our strategic turnaround plan of revamping Eros Airport,” she said.
In order to maximise and fully optimise the Eros Airport, a new terminal building and runway is required, according to Lewis.
She said the fire station also provides further assurance to clients that NAC takes safety seriously and as such, there will be no compromises on the quality of safety standards.
Lewis said the NAC is dedicated to achieving the aspirations of Vision 2030 and the Harambee Prosperity Plan by delivering world class airport infrastructure to facilitate easy transportation of goods and people to and from Namibia.
“Through the implementation of our turnaround strategy, we have seen improvements in our infrastructure and capabilities to cater for a bigger market and we intend to utilise this capacity by increasing passenger traffic and cargo volumes.
“For this reason, we ensure that all our infrastructure development projects are of international standards,” she said.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Minister of Works and Transport Alpheus !Naruseb noted that the challenge the NAC is facing is attracting more airlines to the airport.
“Eros Airport is classified as the busiest airport in terms of aircraft movements among all its [NAC's] other airports. It is the hub for general aviation.
“I understand the challenges the NAC faces in trying to attract other airlines and to boost revenue,” he remarked.
!Naruseb commended the NAC for its plan to upgrade the terminal building and the runway in order to improve the capabilities of the airport to cater for more traffic.
The fire station will provide fire and rescue emergency services at, and within, a 10 kilometres radius of the airport.
A total of 19 rescue and fire fighters will be on duty at a time.
The station is equipped with two fire and rescue fire trucks, and has a water capacity of 2 400 litres; about 1 800 litres of foam; and a dry chemical powder of 135 kilogramme.
A total of 54 aircraft rescue and firefighters were trained at a cost of N.dollars 3.6 million to increase the shift strengths of the officers at the country’s airports.