The expansion of the Hosea Kutako International Airport is anticipated to cost N$200 million while in line with the Namibia Procurement Act, the contract will be awarded in June 2018 and then work will start and continue for eight months.
This was revealed at a media engagement at the airport which took journalists through the interim measures for the airport aimed at eliminating congestion.
“We will have temporary expansions of the current facility in certain key areas, namely the check-in hall, security screening point, arrivals hall and the luggage handling areas. These are all temporary improvements at most useful for the next five years. Our immediate preoccupation is to resolve the congestion and resultant compliance issues in the short term,” said NAC communications officer Dan Kamati.
The current terminal building was constructed in 1985 to handle 250 000 passengers a year.
At present, the airport handles in nearly a million passengers per annum.
This is the result of Namibia being a very popular tourist destination and a significant increase in the number of International Airlines serving numerous international destinations.
Planned engagement with relevant stakeholders will take place and the contract administration and site supervision will have minimal effect on airport operations.
Sais Kamati, “At present, we are engaged in determining funding options for the new airport terminal and related investments to be considered. The options include, but not limited to, a PPP, Treasury funding, raising money in local currency from local sources against the NAC balance sheet and so forth.”
“All projections are that traffic volumes will double in another 10 to 15 years and that would therefore necessitate construction of a new airport terminal and improvements of the runway, taxiway and the apron.”
Hosea Kutako International Airport is a licensed international airport situated about 45km north east of the City of Windhoek.
The airport caters for international, regional, domestic and chartered flights with a fire and rescue category of 9 (nine). The airport records 17 306 aircraft and 938 499 passenger movements annually with 608 public vehicle parking bays.